DENVER, Colo., (September 12, 2011) – For the third consecutive year, 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 2011 8th annual edition of the BEST & WORST IN ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAMS. The ratings were conducted by Professor Fred DiUlus. 

DiUlus is a pioneer in online higher education rating and ranking.  He is CEO and Founder of Global Academy Online, Inc.  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 2011 ranking of the Top Ten Online universities in the world is as follows: 

  1. University of London

  2. University of South Africa

  3. University of Southern Queensland

  4. The University of Phoenix

  5. Jones International University

  6. Golden Gate University

  7. University of Liverpool

  8. Ellis College of NYIT

  9. University of Maryland College Park

  10. Drexel University

Jones International University has once again maintained the #2 spot for American schools in the ranking. DiUlus notes that JIU was conceived, created and designed to be a world leader in online higher education.   

Jones International University offers a range of certificate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs taught by top-tier faculty from around the world.  JIU was built from the ground – up, to be The Gold Standard Online University®.  Every aspect of the learning model and platform was intentionally designed and crafted specifically to meet the needs of online learners.

“As the global need for online learning continues to evolve and become increasingly accessible, Jones International University is honored to be recognized as a member of the top five online universities in world, for the third consecutive year,” said Dr. Lynn Payne, Chief Academic Officer at JIU. “We strive for excellence in every aspect of our learning model.  We take pride in achieving regular institutional development through educational relevance and teaching excellence measured continuously by way of outcomes assessment.  It is, indeed, gratifying to receive the recent recognition.”

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


 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 accreditation and continues to make its mark as the Gold Standard Online University®. Visit for more information.