Fielding Graduate University Selected as a 2015 Best Value School Award Recipient

May 29, 2015, 17:04 ET from Fielding Graduate University

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fielding Graduate University has been selected out of nearly 8,000 postsecondary schools as the recipient of a Best Value School award. The award is issued by University Research & Review (URR), a company dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a postsecondary school.

"Given Fielding's focus on providing affordable and personalized graduate education through our technologically advanced face to face learning model, we are truly honored to receive the Best Value School award for a second consecutive year," noted Fielding President Katrina Rogers, PhD.

President Rogers received the award on behalf of the university from URR founder Joseph Schmoke. "It is our distinguished pleasure to present the award to Fielding Graduate University," Schmoke stated. "We hope current students and alumni take pride in this honor and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers Fielding."

The committee that reviewed more than 100 nominees out of the thousands of eligible schools is made up of former university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors. Schools cannot pay to receive the award; it has to be earned through the nomination and committee evaluation process. Fielding was chosen by the committee because it passed rigorous standards including a combination of cost, accreditation, variety and quality of school programs, and student satisfaction with the institution.

President Rogers added, "Here at Fielding, we hold ourselves to the highest educational standards to foster individual development, community collaboration and societal engagement. We are proud to be recognized for the true value we bring to our students' educational careers."

"Our committee prides itself on combining our extensive experience, knowledge of postsecondary education and insight into what provides students with good value when selecting a Best Value award recipient," said Schmoke.

Fielding will retain the Best Value School designation for one year. Award recipients must re-qualify every year.

Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 in Santa Barbara, California, to serve adult students who desired a nontraditional approach to graduate-level education. Fielding's distributed learning model emulates the Oxford independent student/tutorial approach of a student being able to customize their learning experience. The curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding's faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice within accredited graduate programs in the fields of clinical and media psychology, educational leadership, human development, and organizational development. Maintaining Fielding's reputation for quality programs, faculty are mentors and guides to self directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society.

Accreditation and Program Approvals

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The doctoral program in clinical psychology is the only distributed delivery program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Evidence Based Coaching program is approved as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).


  • Recipient of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
  • Selected as a member of The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
  • One of the Top 100 graduate degree producers for minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • One of the 2014 Top 20 Most Innovative Graduate Psychology Degree Programs (

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