United States Open University Announces National Accreditation

June 7, 2001

United States Open University announced today it has received accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.

“This is a tremendous achievement for us because it recognizes and validates the quality of the institution, and the academic programs we are building,” stated U.S. Open University Chancellor Richard Jarvis. “It also provides attractive opportunities for our students to participate in employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement and financial aid programs.”

To receive accreditation an institution must have made an intensive study of its own operations, opened its doors to a thorough inspection by an outside examining committee, supplied information required by the Accrediting Commission, and submitted its instructional materials for a thorough review by competent subject matter specialists. The process is repeated every five years.

“Accreditation plays a vital role in U.S. higher education by providing quality assurance to students. We are delighted to have earned this recognition by the Commission,” said Carolynn Reid-Wallace, Chair of the United States Open University Board of Governance.

U.S. Open University is a non-profit institution specializing in high-quality, part-time education for working adults. It is the sister school of The Open University, chartered over 30 years ago in the United Kingdom. Recognized as the world’s leader in part-time education for working adults, The Open University currently serves over 200,000 students in 41 countries.

U.S. Open University utilizes The Open University’s distinctive Supported Open LearningOpen method, to make higher education available to anyone irrespective of time or place. Courses combine a variety of learning materials, which may include audio and videotapes, CDs, software, textbooks and study guides. Each student is assigned an Associate Faculty member who provides expertise, feedback and personal one-on-one support. Students download their study calendar, assignments and other learning resources from specialized course websites and interact with their classmates and instructor via web conferencing.

U.S. Open University offers graduate degree programs in Business Administration, Information Systems and Computing; a Certificate in Management, which provides entry to the MBA for students who have not completed a Baccalaureate degree; and undergraduate degree completion programs in Business Administration, Computing, English, European Studies, Humanities, Information Technology, International Studies, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

For more information about United States Open University visit www.open.edu.

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