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NIU receives best value recognition

May 27, 2015

Top-50-BV-Online-Graduate-Schools-of-2015-300x213Northern Illinois University has a history of faring well in terms of return on investment performance as well as graduate online education. Now, NIU has been named No. 31 among Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Schools list.

“NIU brings incredible value to the adult learner who seeks high quality online programs.  We are proud of our history as a student-centered research university and our online courses reflect that pride,” NIU Assistant Vice President for Outreach Adult and Non-Credit Programming Meryl Sussman said. “Our award-winning eLearning instructional designers and our nationally recognized leaders in Faculty Development team up with our outstanding faculty to develop high quality courses that incorporate the latest innovative techniques.”

All accredited graduate schools in the US were considered and evaluated according to their total cost, 20-year ROI and US News & World Report ranking, to find the right balance for value-conscious students.

“With tuition costs and student loan debt on the rise, many students are becoming financially savvy, but others are prey for predatory lenders and disreputable schools,” said Value Colleges Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris via email. “Our site guides students to the most trustworthy programs with the lowest student debt and highest returns with our fully researched rankings…”

“We support our online students each step of the way to reach their academic and career goals with academic advisors, student support specialists, and tech support centers.  And with all this, we work to keep our tuition affordable so that our students can truly make learning a continuous part of their career plan,” Sussman added.