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Press Release for Friday, November 15, 2013

UNF Recognized for Quality, Affordable Distance Learning

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

The University of North Florida was recognized by Affordable Colleges Online for its exceptional collection of distance learning options at a very affordable price, earning a place on AC Online’s list of “Online Colleges in Florida That Win on Affordability.”

AC Online recently analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 accredited colleges and universities across the nation and identified the Florida colleges and universities with the most affordable online degree programs. UNF was the second highest ranked university from a list of 53 Florida colleges and universities that also offer online degree programs. AC Online focused specifically on distance-learning options from public and private nonprofit institutions with full accreditation.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.

“Offering students great online programs is only half the battle,” said Dan Schuster, AC Online CEO and founder. “The colleges and universities on our list offer students quality, flexibility and affordability.”

UNF offers eight 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.

“UNF has recognized the need to offer classes in a manner that addresses students’ needs for access to learning in a time and place that fits their lives,” said Dr. Len Roberson, UNF assistant vice president for academic technology. “We’re working with faculty and programs to further develop our distance-learning offerings in a manner that meets student needs for high-quality programming, delivered via flexible distance-learning methodologies, such as distant- and hybrid-course delivery.”

For a full listing of the Florida colleges and universities that were ranked on the “Online Colleges in Florida That Win on Affordability” list, visit

Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice and cost-savings ideas.

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.