U.S. News & World Report: Neumann University’s Online Degree for Veterans Among Nation’s Best

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Dr. Jilian Donnelly is the executive director of Neumann University’s Adult and Continuing Education unit.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Neumann University’s online bachelor’s degree for veterans among the Top 100 in the country. In rankings released on Jan. 26, the magazine named Neumann’s program as No. 73 nationwide and No. 4 in Pennsylvania. 

To assess online degree programs, “U.S. News chose factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.”  

Neumann offers two online bachelor’s degree programs: the B.S. in Business and Organizational Studies and the B.S. in Public Safety Administration. Both programs offer courses in an accelerated format (7.5-week classes) and provide veterans, many of whom have family and work responsibilities, flexibility in completing the degree.

Dr. Jilian Donnelly, executive director of the university’s Adult and Continuing Education unit, credits the personal attention that a small college can provide for Neumann’s success with veterans.

“Our academic advisors will review a student’s work history, work-related training, military experience, and previous college work, all in an effort to transfer in as much credit as possible,” she said.

Neumann University is also a Yellow Ribbon school and helps eligible veterans fund their post-secondary education. Veterans and other adult students can transfer in as many as 90 credits to the online degree programs. 

According to Donnelly, because students enrolled in these programs are likely to be seeking career advancement, both online programs incorporate a problem-solving project related to the student’s workplace, affiliated organization, or career interest. 

U.S. News assessed adult online degree programs based on four categories:

  • Engagement (35 percent)
  • Services and Technologies (25 percent)
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20 percent)
  • Expert Opinion (20 percent)

Click here to learn more about Neumann University’s online degree programs for veterans and other adults.

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