March 12, 2024

JSU named to “Best HBCUs With Online Degrees Of 2024” by Forbes

Special to Darkhorse Press

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Jackson, Mississippi – Jackson State University has achieved another significant accolade being recognized as one of the “Best HBCUs With Online Degrees of 2024” by Forbes Advisor Education.

The distinction showcases Jackson State’s dedication to providing accessible and flexible online education options while maintaining a commitment to higher learning and student success.

Keith Riley, Ed. D., interim director of JSUOnline, emphasizes the institution’s dedication to expanding online course offerings. “Our commitment is to continue to expand our online course offerings for students, whether through fully online classes, online programs, or hybrid courses,” he states.

He further stresses the importance of flexible online class options for students with various scheduling constraints. “JSUOnline is committed to increasing the availability of diverse choices to help students complete their degrees,” Riley adds.

Forbes Advisor’s selection of Jackson State highlights its range of online degree programs and flexible course delivery methods. Among its offerings are seven fully online bachelor’s degrees, including programs in history, professional interdisciplinary studies, and technology focused on emergency management technology.

The JSUOnline director also emphasizes the importance of collaboration among Jackson State’s faculty and staff to enhance student success and progression through their academic curriculum.

“Collaborating with faculty and staff involves reviewing curriculums and making necessary updates to serve students better and provide more options in selecting their desired courses,” he states. “Engaging with the JSU community through virtual work and meetings, gathering instructor feedback, and facilitating online interactions among students are essential components of this process.”

Forbes Advisor’s rankings base its research on a rigorous methodology incorporating data from reputable sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, information from professional organizations and education providers is considered to ensure a comprehensive assessment of each institution.

This recognition aligns with recent research published in the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. The study suggests that flexible education models, like blended learning with reduced classroom time, can enhance access to education without compromising learning effectiveness.

The study highlights the importance of well-structured courses, active learning tasks, teacher-student interaction, and timely feedback for optimal learning outcomes.

In response to these findings, the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education encourages higher learning institutions to embrace flexible study programs in a blended learning format while emphasizing the maintenance of educational design quality to ensure optimal learning experiences for students.

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