Employees of Comcast Corp. can now tap tuition scholarships toward bachelor's and master's degrees offered by Jones International University, the distance learning brainchild of cable pioneer Glenn R. Jones.
JIU, which powers its distance education programs via Internet-based communications technologies, was awarded accreditation in 1996. Presently, JIU's school of business offers a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Business Communication, and Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Business Communication, as well as business-related certificate programs. JIU also offers a Master of Education.
Under JIU's accelerated distance learning model, classes start every month and run a span of eight weeks. Generally, students take one or two classes at a time.
Qualified students will be granted tuition scholarships of about 20 percent. That could translate into $4,000 to $9,000 in scholarship funds over the life of a degree program, according to JIU President Dr. David Leasure.
Comcast, the first cable operator to sign a direct scholarship agreement with JIU, is promoting the scholarship to employees via a micro-site accessible via the company's intranet. It's expected that the first Comcast students will begin walking JIU's virtual campus and starting up classes or degree programs from the distance-ed university by January 2007.
The Comcast partnership is in the wake of another scholarship offer, under which the 82,000 cable workers who have completed a course from Jones/NCTI are also eligible for tuition scholarships from JIU.