How Schools are Selected

Degree-seeking adults bring particular needs to higher education. They need classes and services to work for their schedules. The courses should be affordable. The quality should be on par with full-time, on-campus programs. The degrees should be swiftly achievable, and they should help students advance in their field.

Our qualifications are based on accessibility, affordability, acceleration, and advancement. These make higher education worth the investment for the adult student.

Accessibility

Open to adult and online students in their use of campus resources. The institution welcomes adult students to use its available parking, academic services, libraries, labs, writing centers, math centers, peer tutoring, test taking services, and more.

A model in flexible scheduling. The school offers courses in the evening, weekends, or online to allow adult students to fit their education around other commitments, like family and work.

Availability of resources. Resources are available when adult students are “going to class.” The institution offers student services outside of normal business hours, such as financial aid, registrar, admissions, IT, tutoring, and more.

Affordability

Transparent about its offerings and programs. The school clearly lays out all information about degree costs, time requirements, and degree plan options for working students seeking a professional master’s degree.

Transparent about affordability assistance. Through financial aid, reduced tuition, scholarships, grants, and agreements with employers offering tuition-assistance plans, the institution is committed to making the degree affordable.

Acceleration

A standard-setter in academic integrity. The school uses proctors or auditing to ensure the academic integrity of their graduate students and their graduate degree programs.

A leader in accelerating a student’s time to completion. The school offers adult students a direct path to their degree in the most timely and cost-effective way.

Advancement

Committed to the academic, personal, and professional success of adult students. The institution has dedicated offices, facilities, and trained staff on campus and online to provide academic support, as well as a network for the development of students’ personal and professional goals.

The school offers experiential learning to all students. Every program, whether online, weekend, or part-time, offers experiential learning opportunities to take course content from theory to application. This may include receiving course credit through competency based education, internships, or a capstone project.

A leader in its discipline with faculty who are experts in the field as well as in the classroom. The school invests in hiring faculty who aren’t just thought leaders, but experts with real-world experience who can draw from that with practical examples to make the learning experience tangible.

Committed to the continual improvement and growth of their program. The school is fully invested in its graduate degree program, be it online, blended, or on campus. The institution seeks opportunities to strengthen its program standards and self-assess its curricula, learning outcomes, and faculty development.