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Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) is a state constitutional agency that implements policies for the state’s public colleges and universities, authorizes academic programs, administers student financial aid programs, and researches and publishes reports on higher education within Nebraska. The Commission’s Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Postsecondary Education aims to meet the needs of Nebraska and its students by increasing higher education participation and meeting the requirements of Nebraska’s workforce in development and training. The Commission reports that enrollment for Nebraska’s public and independent colleges and universities increased from 112,068 in fall 2001 to 140,915 in fall 2010, but decreased in fall 2011 to 139,922. Postsecondary institutions in Nebraska include the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska State College System, Nebraska Community and Tribal Colleges, Nebraska Independent Colleges and Universities, and Nebraska Private Career Schools.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was chartered in 1869. According to its website, the university has been listed by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at No. 101 in its “best colleges” list for national universities. The university’s online offerings include a bachelor’s degree in applied science, master’s degrees in agricultural sciences and natural resources, architecture, business administration, family studies, education, engineering, nutrition, and journalism. The university also offers an online doctoral degree in educational leadership and higher education. Certificate programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate level in education, legal studies, public policy, family studies, agricultural science, and nutrition.
Chadron State College is a member of the Nebraska State College System, which also includes Peru State College and Wayne State College. The Nebraska State College Systems serves approximately 9,000 students, 2,851 of whom attend Chadron State College, according to College Navigator. Chadron State College was founded in 1911 by the Nebraska State Legislature. The college offers online bachelor’s degree completion programs in applied sciences, business administration, family and consumer sciences, criminal justice, library information management, mathematics, and psychology. Graduate programs are available in education, business administration, and organizational management.
Creighton University was founded in 1878 as a Jesuit university within the Catholic tradition in Omaha. U.S. News & World Report ranks Creighton University No. 1 in Regional Universities (Midwest). The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution, and offers online master’s degree programs in information technology management, negotiation and dispute resolution, security analysis and portfolio management, health care ethics, ministry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and public health. Creighton also offers a doctoral degree in leadership online. Online classes and technical support are accessible 24/7, and allow students to collaborate with instructors and classmates through online forums and virtual meetings within small class groupings.