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IU Online offers flexibility for veterans and students active in the military

Nov. 9, 2016

Nearly 27,000 students took advantage of IU Online in fall 2016 by taking one or more distance classes, according to the Office of Online Education. Among those who find that taking online courses is a good fit are students who are active in the military or veterans.

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“Our students who are active service members or veterans find that online learning works best because it offers flexibility when they are deployed overseas or have other service commitments,” said John Applegate, executive vice president for univeristy academic affairs. “Many of our military-connected students with families like the ability to adjust their class schedules around their responsibilities at home while still being able to continue their education at a world-class university.”

Students who are active in the military have the opportunity to continue their education -- even if they are deployed outside the United States -- with IU Online courses and degree programs.

University-wide, 2,503 students, or 2 percent, are active in the military or are veterans.

Of the total IU students taking one or more online classes in fall 2016, 4 percent are veterans or active in the military. Six percent of students with 100 percent online schedules and 7 percent of those in an online degree program are veterans or are actively serving in the armed forces.

On the Bloomington campus in fall 2016, 7 percent of students with fully online schedules and 7 percent who intend to complete an online degree have military affiliations. Of students who are enrolled in online degree programs at IU Northwest, 12.5 percent are actively serving or are veterans.

Students at IU East with military connections have engaged in online learning at high rates in fall 2016. Veterans or students who are actively serving make up 4 percent of all students at IU East, and 10 percent of those who are pursuing an online program degree are veterans or active service members.

To meet the needs of students interested in taking online courses, IU Online has increased its options and now has over 100 degrees and academic certificates available online.

“Each semester we try to increase the number of online degrees and certificates we can make available to students,” said Chris Foley, assistant vice president and director of the Office of Online Education. “To be able to offer a service to veterans and students serving in the military that increases their access to a high quality education fulfills our university’s mission.”

More information about IU Online is available online.

The opportunities offered through IU Online align with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success.

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