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University earns LGBTQ Friendly and Affordable status from SR Education Group


Ohio University recently earned two impressive LGBTQ designations from the SR Education Group. It was named among the 2017 Top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges and the 2017 Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges.  

The Top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges list included 58 accredited institutions that have adopted policies and/or practices that demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity for LGBTQ students, offered at least 15 online degree programs and have earned a score of three or more stars in the Campus Pride Index.

OHIO received four stars in the rankings with five being the highest score. Only five of the 58 schools received five stars.

OHIO also placed 12th among the SR Education Group’s Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Online Colleges rankings that were listed according to affordability of annual tuition. The list included the 25 most affordable online colleges that have LGBTQ-friendly institutional policies and practices.

Dr. Shari Clarke, Ohio University vice provost for diversity and inclusion, said the rankings are affirmation of the great work being done by the University’s LGBT Center.

“I am pleased that this national recognition brings attention to these important LGBTQ issues and the hard work being done by our LGBT Center and its director delfin bautista*,” Clarke said. “Much credit also goes to the University’s leadership, which has been working diligently to make Ohio University a welcoming place for all people.”

The SR Education Group has been publishing rankings of online colleges since 2009 and has awarded scholarships since 2010. It conducts thorough research and fair assessment of all available online programs, with the hopes of helping students make educated decisions when choosing an online degree.

The SR Education Group employed data from Campus Pride, a national nonprofit that works with researchers to generate standards and tools for assessing LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices at higher education institutions.  

According to its website, the Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities since 2007.

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*delfin prefers the lowercase form of their name and gender neutral pronouns