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Academic Experience

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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The business program led me to some interesting bits of knowledge I wouldn't have found otherwise. It was stream-lined well, but still had a out of knowledge packed into each week of most classes. I really would have preferred to stay at Jones had they not shut down.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I wasn't that thrilled with the Masters of Education program. The introductory course felt like force-fed propaganda. I wanted to focus on educational technology, but there was no way to do so and get the specialization and still take the hands-on educational technology class. I felt this was a serious lack on their part. I wanted to know how to design online courses but never quite gained that information from their course material. Most of the classes focused on administration types of things, like strategic planning and budgeting, that weren't useful to a hands-on educator looking to hone her skills. It was helpful in that I could still work my full time job and earn my master's degree, which allowed me to proceed one step further towards my goal.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Online-only classes are problematic at best due to the nature of the interaction. I thought most of the instructors did an excellent job with the materials they had to hand. One difficulty they had was that many of the students were not academically ready for graduate level work and had trouble comprehending texts and writing comprehensible papers. I was deeply grateful that grading their work was not MY cross to bear. The ongoing discussion boards and required submissions did ensure that assignments were completed, however poorly and semi-literately in some cases.

I've taken excellent online classes at the University of Arizona that were really engaging and stimulating; I expected better from a 100% online school like Jones International University. I was thankful they didn't require "group projects" from students scattered all over the country. I would have hoped that an online school would offer useful, "hands-on" courses in designing online classes, but again, I was disappointed.

I know that JIU's completion rate is not very good, but I would not blame the school itself (instructors and classes) for this failing. The truth is that many of my fellow students were simply incapable of completing graduate-level work without extensive remediation. They may have earned their Bachelor's degree twenty years or more earlier and their brains were focused on teaching math to third graders more than text analysis and educational research. For some of them English was not their first language, which hampered their reading and writing. I think the school could better serve its students by offering a "college refresher" for grad students who have been out of school for many years.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: My majors are project management and finance. I am very pleased with the curriculum and have seen it at comparable colleges and in professional career organizational groups.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: As mentioned above, I have noticed that the curriculum at JIU is inline with those at other universities. One thing unique about JIU is I really enjoy the project form of teaching and learning.

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Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
46:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
11
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
120
Full-Time Retention Rate
20%
Part-Time Retention Rate
22%
Graduation Rate
67%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
4
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Business/Corporate Communications: Unknown
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia: Unknown
  • Foundations of Education: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: Yes
Full-Time Faculty
11
Female Faculty
82%
Male Faculty
18%
Average Faculty Salary
$57,646
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 38 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 9% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

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