Two leading education organizations are advocating for their industry by creating a free, informative Web site of regionally accredited continuing education providers.
The site-UCEAdirectory.org- was created by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) and Educational Directories Unlimited, Inc. (EDU) to provide students with access to a trustworthy array of associate, baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs, both on-campus and online.
"The site's mission is to help students further their careers and increase their potential, and to increase enrollment in continuing education programs," said Roger Whitaker, UCEA president and dean of the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University.
The goal is to ease the often arduous process of finding the right program with the right degree by offering vital information on schools that have earned the highest level of accreditation. Students can search via degree level, format, subject and, if applicable, zip code. The site will also offer college advice.
"We know how stressful it can be to find a school offering the best education with the most financial opportunities," says Lori Faunce, site manager. "We have created this site in the hopes of easing this process for all students."
Founded in 1915, UCEA promotes excellence in continuing higher education and works to increase awareness of the importance of lifelong learning. Member institutions, which include public and private accredited colleges and universities and nonprofit organizations with a significant commitment to higher education, are committed to extending opportunities to the expanding population of nontraditional students seeking continuous learning. Users are able to access the site and its database at no charge.
Finding just the right school may be easier with the resources found at a new, free site.