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Press Release for Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Affordable Colleges Online Ranks UNF Best Online Nutrition Program

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Affordable Colleges Online, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, has published its new ranking of 2015-16 Best Online Nutrition Programs, ranking the University of North Florida No. 2 in the country.

“We wanted to highlight universities that are ensuring academic excellence for their nutrition programs,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AC Online. ”These institutions are preparing students to be successful in a health field that is experiencing rapid growth.”

Affordable Colleges Online has distinguished its ranking scale by the use of Peer-Based Value, or PBV. The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score. Ranked schools meet a number of criteria and metrics, including offering at least one fully-online bachelor’s degree program, academic and counseling services, job placement for graduates and must be a not-for-profit institution.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that epidemic levels of improper nutrition and immobility are the direct cause of 580,000 fatalities a year. With more than one-third of all Americans considered obese, it’s no wonder the health professions are expected to increase the number of licensed dietitians and nutritionists by 21 percent between now and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Nutrition is a very important degree that prepares students to be successful in a variety of roles within the health sector,” said Dr. Judith Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at UNF. “The University and the faculty in our department are committed to high quality education and have and will always work towards this goal.”

UNF offers nine degree and certificate programs through distance learning. Distance learning offerings are selected and developed to meet student needs in a manner that is consistent with the University’s mission. Some programs require occasional campus visits, and most online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to complete coursework while meeting other work and family responsibilities. Online programs are designed to employ the best pedagogical practices based on the existing research literature and to be compatible with the highest levels of student learning, interaction and engagement. UNF is a member of the Florida Virtual Campus and the Southern Regional Board Electronic Campus.

“At UNF, online courses and degree programs are developed and delivered to provide greater access to our academic offerings and to meet the increasing needs of our students,” said Dr. Len Roberson, UNF associate vice president for Academic Technology and Innovation. “Ensuring our online courses and programs are of the same high quality as our traditional offerings is critical.”

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2015 Best Value Public College, the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News& World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few. (AC Online) began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Its free community resource materials and tools span topics, including financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources.

For a full listing of the colleges and universities that were ranked among 2015’s Best Online Nutrition Programs, visit

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.