DENVER, Colo., (June
18, 2010)
– For the second year in a row, Jones International University®
(JIU®), the first fully online accredited* university, has been ranked among
the top five of the best online universities in the world, according to the Global
Academy Online 2010 edition of the BEST & WORST IN ONLINE
The ratings were conducted by Professor Fred DiUlus, an
online higher education pioneer. 


DiUlus, CEO and Founder of Global Academy Online, has rated
online colleges since 2002. He began rating them when there were only 20 online
institutions in existence and notes the list is growing rapidly. Of JIU’s
ranking, he said, “Jones International University’s online program
delivery can match or excel beyond any virtual campus that ventures to
offer similar degree programs.”


Jones International University has maintained its position
as #2 American school. DiUlus says Jones has a “steadfast concentration on
excelling in its Business and Education Degree Programs.” Because of this, he
states, “They attract high-end professionals that include students who want to
attend and faculty who want to teach at Jones.”

Each school’s rating is based on the online program’s
overall quality of content and delivery using a five point rating system that
puts significant emphasis on the experience of each institution’s faculty. The 2010
ranking of the Top Ten Online universities in the world:


  1. University of London
  2. University of South Africa
  3. University of Southern
  4. The University of Phoenix
  5. Jones International University
  6. Griffith University
  7. University of Liverpool
  8. Golden Gate University
  9. Ellis College of NYIT
  10. University of Maryland
    University College


The study also found that the current generation of students
entering into higher education for the first time are far more comfortable with
web 2.0 applications than any of their predecessors and account for the
exponential growth in online classes among traditional colleges and universities
worldwide. “The hype that a degree from an online university somehow doesn’t
measure up to a degree acquired by sitting in a traditional classroom for years,
just doesn’t add up,” said DiUlus. The survey results show students who have
experienced both traditional and online types of learning rate an online
education equal to or better than that of a traditional experience 70% of the
time and prefer online learning to the classroom three to one.


DiUlus says he leaves the measurement of a school’s social
value, research capabilities, sports programs, student popularity, curb appeal
and latest technology advancements to the rating services that measure
traditional schools. “Window dressing,” DiUlus states, “is not one of our


Jones International University offers a range of
certificate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs taught by an international
group of professors.


 “To achieve such a
high ranking among such respected global institutions is highly gratifying to
all of us at Jones International University,” said Terry Rawls, vice chancellor
at JIU. “The commitment we have made to provide the highest quality online
educational experience has been recognized. In addition, the essential tools
and strategies we make available to students have been identified as among the
best in the world.”


Additional Findings: Traditional
Brick and Mortar Universities Seeing the Light

The study said that almost all the newly rated online degree
providers have offered complete online degree programs for less than five
years. DiUlus said that he sees many of these new entrants in online education
as primarily traditional brick and mortar institutions that have “seen the
light.”  He points out that many have
rushed to put programs in place and, as a result, suffer from severe
inadequacies. DiUlus notes that their online faculty, for example, may have
been recruited from a traditional faculty base that is reluctant to teach
online, or worse, they pepper their ranks with unproven new hires that have
never taught either online or in a traditional classroom. The quality,
experience and support of the faculty, he offers, determines what they really
think about online education.


DiUlus’ five-point ratings matrix measures only those institutions he feels are
credible. If an institution is not in his ratings book, he says it is either
too new in the field to be rated, under active consideration, or at worst, too
poor an online provider to be mentioned. The e-book is available free from
Global Academy Online.


*Jones International University is accredited by the Higher
Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.  The HLC may be contacted at 800.621.7440 or


About Jones
International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)

As the pioneer in online education, Jones International
University offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides
essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career
advancers around the globe. It offers an array of online undergraduate,
graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the
fields of business administration, education, and business communication and
employs some of the greatest minds from many of the world’s leading
universities. JIU was the first entirely virtual university in the U.S. to be
granted regional accreditation and continues to make its mark as the Gold
Standard Online University®. Visit




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