About JIU

JIU is the pioneer in online learning. Our founder, Glenn R. Jones, has devoted much of his life to his passionately held belief that education should be available to everyone, everywhere.

The JIU story

JIU is the pioneer in online learning. Our founder, Glenn R. Jones, has devoted much of his life to his passionately held belief that education should be available to everyone, everywhere. A cable magnate, Jones in 1987 launched the cable television network Mind Extension University™ (ME/U™), which enabled 30,000 students to take courses from more than 30 colleges and universities via television.

In the nascence of the Internet, Jones foresaw the potential and started JIU in 1993 – the first university anywhere to exist completely online. Despite the naysayers, Jones knew in his heart that this was the future of education. So it was with great pride that in 1999 JIU became the first fully online university in the U.S. to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools . Since then, we have continued to develop and expand our degree programs – all of which are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals eager to shape their futures.

Leadership and governance

Jones International University (Englewood) has a strong governance system delivering high standards of decision-making and accountability. As JIU continues to move into a bold and exciting future, we aim to meet and exceed the highest standards in the quality of our courses, research and community engagement.

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JIU at a glance

JIU is a leading university enabling globally connected education for the jobs of the future and research that makes a difference to our communities. We have a student-focused culture with a reputation for being accessible and friendly.

founded by Glenn R. Jones

1993

1993 Jones International University is founded by Glenn R. Jones as the first university to exist fully online.

1995 JIU launches its first courses, initially offering a Master of Arts in Business Communications degree.

Faculties and divisions

Jones International University (Englewood) offers world-class courses delivered from 14 schools, across four faculties.

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Research

Our researchers discover innovative solutions to real-world issues facing the globe.

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Work at JIU

Innovative, progressive, inclusive and flexible are just some of the ways our staff describe JIU.

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Values

Our values are the standards we hold ourselves up against. They're about what's important to us, and sharing these with our students and staff helps keep our values at the heart of our community.

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