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July 29, 2015


Cowley College ranks first in South Central Kansas in online delivery


Known as the first community college in the state of Kansas to receive membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Cowley College recently ranked first in South Central Kansas in online delivery based on quality and affordability of the online training according to the Kansas Board of Regents.


Being able to obtain exemption or authorization for all of Cowley College’s online programs in all 50 states and three additional territories was a mission for the school.


Earlier this year, Jennifer Parks, director of the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) mentioned how rare and impressive Cowley’s accomplishment is.


“The state authorization team at Cowley College has achieved a rare feat in the world of higher education compliance,” Parks said. “To gain proper exemption, registration, notification, and/or authorization in all fifty states is something very few of the large national on-line institutions accomplish. So many of our smaller institutions have fantastic programs and conscientious staff that can be as beneficial to students across the nation as they are to those they serve locally. Cowley College is just such a place. I enjoy working with them and admire the intensity of their compliance efforts.”


Cowley received additional good news when the Brookings Institution released its “Beyond College Rankings” report which showed Cowley College was in the 87th percentile for occupational earnings power for graduates of the Cowley College programs of study.


Dr. Dennis Rittle, president of Cowley College shares, “These types of unbiased national reporting agencies clearly demonstrate a truth that all Cowley College faculty, staff, and students, recognize, namely, a Cowley education offers its graduates a profound return on their education investment or, simply, a lot of bang for the buck.” He continues, “Cowley College offers a first-rate education at twice the affordability.”