Jones International University
|Jones International University|
|Motto||First fully online university to receive regional accreditation|
|Founder||Glenn R. Jones|
|Location||Centennial, Colorado, US|
|Degree Programs||60 degree programs|
Jones International University (JIU) was a for-profit university offering degrees in education and business. Corporate offices are located in Centennial, Colorado. Jones International University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
In 1987 Glenn R. Jones launched the cable television network Mind Extension University (ME/U, later Knowledge TV), which enabled 30,000 students to take courses from more than 30 colleges and universities via television. In 1993, Jones started JIU, claiming to be the first university anywhere to exist completely online.
In 1999, JIU became the first fully online university in the U.S. to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the North Central Association. This decision caused outrage from the American Association of University Professors on the grounds that the teaching staff had no academic freedom, and that an institution that taught only one subject could not claim to be a university. JIU currently offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs in business and masters and doctoral degree programs in education according to its website. As of March 31st, 2015 the school announced it will be closing its doors. All students will be offered an opportunity to move their current classwork to Trident University International.
JIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. In 2011, the Higher Learning Commission placed the university "On Notice." In 2013, the Commission removed the university from this status and reinstituted full accreditation.
- "Higher Learning Commission Directory entry for Jones International University". Higher Learning Commission. 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- Kirp, David L. (2003). Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education. Harvard University Press. p. 251. ISBN 0-674-01146-5. Retrieved 2008-06-25.