Worldwide Campus Earns First-Ever Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Honor

In recognition of its groundbreaking and ongoing success in online and professional education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the first institute of higher learning to successfully complete and excel in all categories of The University of Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) National Council for Online Education Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review.

“As we enter our 25th year as the leader in online education, acknowledgement such as this validates and motivates our ongoing efforts to continuously engage and innovate,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret. “Because of our strengths with online education, we are able to work with industry to provide the most comprehensive and useful training to advance our professional education programs as well.”

Announced this month, the recently launched program in partnership with Credly – the nation’s leading digital credential service provider – recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate consistent excellence throughout their online programs. Institutions are evaluated using a rigorous seven-part review process of seven key aspects of online education programs, including internal advocacy, student support, entrepreneurial initiatives, faculty support, technology and more.

“This unique process – and significant acknowledgement of our efforts – is an incredibly valuable, comprehensive and robust exercise that all institutions aspiring to take their online education units to the next level should partake in. From the self-assessment submission to the personalized committee interviews, the information gleaned was invaluable,” said Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor for Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. “We’re very proud to be the first university to successfully complete the review process and have the hard work of our faculty, staff and administrators be recognized.”

For the past five years, Embry-Riddle Worldwide ( has been the only private, not-for-profit institute out of hundreds of universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list for best online bachelor’s degrees. It also has earned numerous accolades including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation by the Center for Online Education, multiple top nods for its online master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering programs from independent online ranking providers as well as being designated a top military-friendly school by Victory Media.

Currently, virtual enrollments account for nearly 89 percent of all of Embry-Riddle Worldwide, totaling more than 20,000 students. Worldwide’s Professional Education program includes dozens of online and in-class degrees, certifications and training opportunities in multiple disciplines and at various levels for those in aviation, engineering, aerospace and business industries.