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SPSU No. 3 among best online CIT programs for vets

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MAY 28, 2014 – U.S. News & World Report has ranked SPSU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree No. 3 in the nation on a list of best online programs for military veterans.

Syracuse University of New York was No. 1 in the category of “Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs,” followed by Sam Houston State University of Huntsville, Texas.

“The ranking reflects both the academic quality of the MSIT program as well as SPSU’s commitment to people with military experience, and I want to acknowledge the efforts of all faculty and staff involved in the MSIT and the services SPSU provides for veterans,” said Dr. Han Reichgelt, dean of SPSU’s School of Computing and Information Technology.

The “2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans” list includes rankings for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, education, engineering and nursing. For the first time, this year’s listing included rankings of online master’s degree programs in CIT.

The magazine said that as America’s recent overseas military conflicts wind down, veterans are going back to college in bigger numbers than they have since World War II. For some of these students, online programs provide an advantageous alternative to brick-and-mortar universities. The magazine developed the rankings of online programs and a separate “Best College for Veterans” list released in November 2013 to help the thousands of returning veterans and active-duty service members pursue college or advanced degrees under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

“Veterans and active-duty service members face unique challenges as students, from transitioning between bases and grappling with deployment to balancing work and family life upon return,” said Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News. “The ‘Best Online Programs for Veterans’ are high-quality programs that also offer educational benefits and flexibility for veterans pursuing a degree.”

To be ranked, an online degree program had to report participation in four key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service. The programs had to belong to institutions certified for the GI Bill and members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and the Yellow Ribbon Program (which has public institutions charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans). They also had to offer at least one course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support catalog. Finally, all schools evaluated for the veterans ranking had to have been awarded a numerical rank in the overall 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings released earlier this year.

For more information on the U.S. News rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education.