Posted on: June 22, 2015
U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College 19th in the category of 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans. This is the third year U.S. News released rankings for this category and the third year Clarkson College made the list.
To ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top 75 percent of schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were published in January 2015.
Each of these distance education programs incorporates predominantly Internet-based course work, is housed in a regionally accredited institution and performed well enough on a multitude of factors–including program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates and graduate debt loads–to earn a numeric Best Online Programs rank.
Secondly, because veterans and active-duty service members often wish to take full advantage of federal benefits designed to make their course credits less costly, programs included in the veterans-focused rankings also have to belong to an institution that is certified for the GI Bill and that participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. U.S. News only ranked programs meeting these financial aid criteria.
“Offering the appropriate tools, technologies and tuition savings benefits makes earning an advanced degree a practical option for veterans,” said Dr. Patricia Coyle-Rogers, Graduate Nursing Program Director. “And we [Clarkson College] do not consider it an obligation but an honor to show our gratitude and support for both the active-duty troops and military veterans who have served our country.”
U.S. News asked schools about veterans benefits currently offered as part of its annual data collection on distance education programs between July and September 2014.
For detailed explanations of the overall Best Online Programs rankings, see the individual discipline methodologies.