BASIS program lauded for academic, social amenities for Edinboro students
“The involvement of so many people on campus has allowed the program to grow and provide diversity and inclusion across Edinboro University,” said Lisa Laird, director of OSD who has overseen an increase in BASIS participants from two in 2015 to 22 this fall at Edinboro. “The Office for Students with Disabilities is grateful for the acknowledgment of the important autism support services we offer and are thankful to the campus community for being part of the collaborative effort.”
BASIS is comprised of individualized support programs for Edinboro students, which focuses on five key areas: academics, communication, daily living skills, employment readiness and social skills. BASIS also provides social and academic peer advising, weekly sessions with transition coaches, testing and classroom accommodations, writing services and social activities.
In addition to providing resources to students, Edinboro’s OSD offers resources, such as electronic exam materials, to faculty members to help promote accessibility and inclusion in the classroom. For the past two years, BASIS has also hosted an Autism Acceptance Walk around the main campus loop to provide participants with information and facts about autism.
Edinboro is one of five Pennsylvania schools ranked among the Top 25, and the only university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Also recognized by Best Value Schools were Eastern University (No. 20), Mercyhurst University (No. 21), Saint Joseph’s University (No. 22) and Drexel University (No. 24).
Best Value Schools began ranking national higher-education institutions as the prevalence of autism diagnoses started to grow rapidly. In 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control determined that the ratio of children born with some degree of autism was 1 in 150. In 2014, that ratio increased to 1 in 59.
To address the increased task of assisting students with autism, Best Value Schools researched thousands of institutions to rank colleges and universities based on cost and program offerings. Tuition and fees for an Edinboro University student in 2017-2018 was $10,281. BASIS services are offered at an additional $2,500 per semester, with potential funding available for students to offset the cost.
For more information about Edinboro University’s Office for Students with Disabilities and the BASIS program, visit www.edinboro.edu/OSD or contact Laird at (814) 732-1393.
U.S. News & World Report ranks EU’s education, nursing programs in Top 100
Edinboro University’s online graduate programs in education and nursing are once again among the best in the country, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Edinboro’s graduate education program earned the No. 70 rank among 309 national institutions, while the nursing program once again earned the No. 45 ranking among 159 programs. EU earned the coveted ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 programs for the third straight year.
U.S. News & World Report evaluates national programs each year based on statistics related to admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Edinboro offers seven online master’s degree programs and six post-baccalaureate certificates. Graduate education programs include Master of Art in Art Education, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction, Master of Education in Reading and Master of Education in Special Education.
EU also offers certificates in arts infusion, autism spectrum disorders, Pennsylvania K-12 principal, reading specialist, superintendent and special education supervisor.
Edinboro University offers graduate nursing programs, including Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in consortium with Clarion University.
Edinboro’s online graduate education program received the highest ranking of all schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, the only school in the Top 100. Clarion University also received the No. 125 ranking while, Kutztown was No. 141 and California University of Pennsylvania was No. 165.
Comprehensive rankings and program profiles are available at www.usnews.com/online.
Edinboro University’s nationally recognized master’s degree program in counseling recently received further acclaim from leading higher education and career websites in the field.
The educational website Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource and ranking system that researches schools with accredited counseling programs, awarded EU the No. 16 rank among the Top 25 Most Affordable Master’s Degrees in Counseling in the Northeast.
The higher education website Great College Deals recently recognized Edinboro’s M.A. in Counseling – School Counseling as #4 in its 10 Best Deals on Online Master’s in School Counseling Degree Programs. According to the website, the rankings “reflect the presence of an intuitive online classroom environment, a richly diverse school counseling curriculum, a high percentage of faculty with Ph.Ds., course schedule flexibility, awards and ranking recognition” and other factors that add value to the online program.
Best Counseling Degrees ranked Edinboro’s Master of Arts in Counseling – College Counseling #6 in its list of Best Master’s Degrees in Student Affairs and College Counseling. This ranking of the top 30 campus-based programs in the country is based on methodology that includes affordability and accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
SR Education Group, an educational research publisher, listed EU among the 2017 Top Online Schools for Students with Disabilities, a list of higher-education institutions that provide the most comprehensive level of support and resources for students and the widest arrangement of accommodations. Additionally, Edinboro received the No. 6 ranking in the national 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Disabilities, which links high levels of student support with low tuition costs.
Through EU’s Office of Students with Disabilities, students have access to academic aides, assistive technology, attendant-care programs, homework and meal aides, occupational therapy and van transportation. In 2015, Edinboro implemented the Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS), which provides support services for degree-seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Affordable Colleges Online.org a leading provider of higher education information, resources and rankings has recognized Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 6 times in 2017 for excellence and affordability in online learning among public, not-for-profit institutions nationwide.
Best Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by the following EU programs:
Most Affordable Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by these EU programs:
EU’s Animation and Computer Animation programs ranked 22nd on the East Coast and 27th among public colleges and universities nationwide in Animation Career Review's 2017 listing of the best animation programs in the United States.
Animation Career Review also placed EU’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Game and Virtual World Development track 24th nationally among public schools and colleges and 20th on the East Coast in its 2016 listing of the best game design programs in the United States.
Animation Career Review’s rankings are based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value and geographic location.
Edinboro University has been named one of the Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2016-2017 by Affordable Colleges Online, an organization that provides students with resources and tools related to higher education.
The list was created to help students find online colleges that rank above competitors in both academic excellence and value, utilizing key factors such as the average tuition cost, graduation rate and student-teacher ratio.
College Values Online ranked EU as No. 16 in its latest Top 30 Values list for Online Master’s in Communication.
Each program evaluated was awarded points based on tuition and special features for students. Edinboro earned points for providing in-state tuition under $10,000 and out-of-state tuition under $15,000 per academic year. Edinboro also received special recognition for offering a graduate certification in conflict management with the online Master of Arts degree.
Edinboro University’s graduate-level Communication Studies degree earned national ranking for strength of academics, tuition rates and best value for students.
SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, granted EU the No. 6 spot on the list of 2018 Top Online Colleges for a Master's in Public Relations. After a review of programs across the nation, SR Education group ranked schools based on high academic standards and commitment to affordability – both of which are key factors to prospective students.
College Choice, an online network of resources and ranking systems that researches institutions and degree programs, ranked EU’s Master of Arts in Counseling No. 20 among the Top 25 Best Online Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degrees for 2017. Also noted in the rankings were concentrations of Art Therapy, Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health.
Additionally, EU’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology earned the No. 29 spot on College Choice’s Top 35 Best Online Master’s in Psychology Degrees for 2017.
Edinboro University’s highly-lauded online master’s degree program in early childhood education is the best in the nation, according to Top Education Degrees, an online source of information for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking a superior-quality education degree that aligns with their career goals.
Top Education Degrees compiled its 20 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education 2017-2018 list based on tuition, relevancy of curriculum to the current demands of the profession, previous national recognitions and student-to-faculty ratio.
Affordable Colleges, an educational ranking entity that researches college degree programs for affordability, awarded EU’s Master of Social Work program the No. 20 ranking in the Top 40 Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Social Work.
The review website credited Edinboro University’s focus on serving families and covering a variety of topics such as social policy practice, family diversity and trauma theory and treatment.
Additionally, EU’s Master of Education in Reading earned the No. 30 spot on Affordable College’s list of the Top 50 Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Reading Education in the U.S. EU’s Master of Education in Reading stresses developmental and interventional reading strategies for K-12 schools and gives pre-service and practicing teachers the skills to diagnose and address reading disabilities.
Affordable Colleges aims to assist prospective students in finding schools and programs that match educational interests and affordability. To learn about how the program ranks schools, visit the Methodology page.
The high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University has earned multiple recognitions for value and affordability from OnlineU, a website of the education publishing company SR Education Group.
EU 9th ranked among the 21 institutions on Online U’s 2017 list of the most affordable online counseling degrees. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online counseling degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Edinboro was recognized for its Master of Arts in College Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy.
EU’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is #7 in OnlineU’s 2016 listing of the nation’s Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Degrees Online. The University’s master’s and post-master’s certificate programs in education are #12 in its ranking of the Most Affordable Online Teaching Degrees. Edinboro’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology also earned top marks (#6) in the Most Affordable Online Psychology Degrees ranking.
The rankings are available at OnlineU.org.
Best College Values, an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost, has ranked Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #9 in its Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education.
According to Best College Values, they “are committed to connecting prospective students with high-quality educational opportunities at affordable costs, and are confident that students will find this at Edinboro.”
Edinboro University’s much-lauded Master of Social Work program received a top-10 national ranking in the 2017 Top Online MSW Programs list – based entirely on feedback from students and graduates.
One former Edinboro student touted the university’s challenging curriculum and the competitive nature of the program. The reviewer noted: “I found the tuition to be affordable, the staff to be personal and empathetic… If that's what you’re looking for, Edinboro is a great choice.”
The online MSW, one of Edinboro University’s most in-demand graduate programs, is also one of the University’s most frequently and highly ranked. Additional rankings that recognize the program’s value and quality include:
Edinboro University’s nursing program was recognized among America’s Best Nursing Programs in the East in new rankings announced by NurseJournal.org. The ranking of nearly 1,200 programs was compiled by NurseJournal.org, which identifies itself as a “Social Community for Nurses Worldwide.” Its mission is to educate, inform and share.
The rankings use quantifiable measures of quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value to determine the best programs in each region.
The high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University earned it a place among the top colleges in Pennsylvania for return on investment in Affordable Colleges Online rankings.
According to Affordable Colleges Online, the rankings point to “affordable schools with quality education programs that translate to real career potential.”
The site also recognized EU’s online graduate programs as #2 in Pennsylvania in its 2014 Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.
Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, named Edinboro University to its coveted “Military Friendly Schools” list for an eighth consecutive year in 2017.
According to Victory Media, the Military Friendly Schools distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary institutions receive this distinction each year, after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the student with meaningful employment.
In addition to a high-quality, affordable education, Edinboro offers veterans, service members and their families an array of supportive services coordinated through its Veterans Success Center.
The book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities by Chris Wise Tiedemann in 2012 recognized Edinboro University as one of the top five universities in the United States for providing full services to students with disabilities.
Tiedemann’s book profiles the top schools and provides strategies for students with disabilities to adapt to college and obtain necessary services.
Additional recognition for Edinboro’s outstanding services to students with disabilities has come from:
The educational website Best Counseling Degrees featured Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology program as #6 in the nation in its Top 10 Accredited Online School Counseling Master’s Degrees Ranked By Affordability and EU's Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling #14 in its Top 25 Most Affordable Accredited Master's Degrees in School Counseling Online.
Only educational psychology and school counseling degree programs with official recognition from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and/or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) were eligible for inclusion in the rankings.
Online nursing programs offered by Edinboro University in consortium with Clarion University ranked 4th in OnlineU.org’s list of the 25 most affordable schools offering online nursing degrees.
According to the website, the list “presents economical options for students looking for nursing training online.
Edinboro and Clarion offer Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees online.
The Online College Database ranks Edinboro University’s School of Education #7 in Pennsylvania in its “Colleges Shaping the Next Generation” division.
The list recognizes institutions “with top rankings, faculty, facilities, and programs,” the website states. “Each program has top-notch instructors, and students are encouraged to take part in research projects, internships, and other hands-on learning experiences.”
Additional recognition for Edinboro University education programs has come from:
SuperScholar.org, an online source of information for students seeking quality, high-value educational programs, ranked Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #23 in its “50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs 2015.”
The “Smart Choice” endorsement was based on data in the areas of affordability, starting salaries of recent graduates, market reputation, awards and recognition, and flexibility. Only online programs at regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statists database were eligible for consideration.
The program also was recognized as one of the nation's best (#14) in 2016 by OnlineColleges.net.
The outcomes-based Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index named Edinboro University a Top Best Value College for 2014, a designation that reflects the University’s ranking in the top one-third of more than 1,200 institutions measured by the index.
ETC, a California-based nonprofit organization, calculates the index in an effort to determine the economic value added by each college ranked. “We define economic value added as being the improvement in earnings and employability of graduates; measured against the total cost of the education,” its website states.
The index uses alumni employment data as well as calculations of the cost of an education based on tuition, number of years to graduate, and loan default rates, among other variables.
Edinboro was named #16 in the top 50 schools in the country that are best for homeschooled students by Best Value Schools. The ranking reflects EU’s close attention to student success, our unique and vibrant campus traditions, and our strong support for first-year students as they transition to college.
The ranking places the University in the company of—and ranked higher than—the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Auburn and Yale.
Edinboro University’s innovative plan for establishing Porreco College to increase educational attainment in the region and meet local demands for career and technical education received the American Association of University Administrators' (AAUA) Exemplary Models Award for 2015.
The award recognizes outstanding examples of university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education.
Since its founding in 2014, enrollment at Porreco College has exceeded targets, and a number of top regional employers have taken advantage of the college’s unique program offerings to prepare current employees for advancement and prospective employees for well-paying jobs.
Edinboro University’s tremendous service to Erie County in launching Porreco College to fill a significant void in Pennsylvania’s largest county without a community college was recognized with the Community Service Award at the 2014 Commitment to Erie Awards banquet on Sept. 17.
The Erie Times-News presents the awards annually to honor companies and nonprofit organizations for their contributions toward making the Erie region a good place to live and work.
EU was also a finalist for the program’s top honor, the Commitment to Erie Award.
Edinboro University’s Master of Arts in Counseling is ranked #7 in the Top 15 Online Master's in Counseling Degree Programs 2015 list compiled by Best Master’s in Psychology.
The ranking particularly highlights the EU counseling program’s unique Art Therapy concentration, which is the first completely online program of its type.
“Art therapy is revolutionizing the way we think about human services. At Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, they offer an online master’s degree in Arts Counseling that received Nonprofit Colleges Online’s ‘Students Before Profits Award’,” the article states.
The Top 15 Online Masters in Counseling Degree Programs are determined by tuition, number of students in the program relative to overall enrollment, uniqueness of the program, accreditation and reviews in the Guide to Online Schools. The ranked institutions were determined to be “the best of the best,” based on a numerical scale.
In addition, the Online Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy are ranked #8 in the country in Nonprofit Colleges Online’s new Students Before Profits Award rankings.
The award recognizes online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost.