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Virtual University Receives Accreditation amid Protests

Magazine article Techniques

Virtual University Receives Accreditation amid Protests

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Jones International University has become the first virtual institution to receive accreditation. But the regional accrediting group that recognized the university has drawn criticism.

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS) accredited the Englewood, Colo.-based university, a subsidiary of Jones International, in late March. A few weeks later the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voiced its concerns.

AAUP officials sent a letter to Steven D. Crow, executive director of NCACS, saying Jones International University presents "a weak case for accreditation." The letter cited a lack of quality, including the presence of only two full-time professors and 54 adjunct educators. The letter also pointed to a dearth of learning resources, such as libraries and research laboratories, and the small number of students who seek degrees from the university.

The university, which began offering courses in 1995, has two bachelor's and master's degree programs in business communications as well as numerous certificate programs. …

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