Westwood College Named One of Top 20 Online Universities

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Third Annual College Rankings by the Online Education Database Recognize Westwood for Academic Excellence

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As we continue to graduate and launch the careers of a diverse student population through our online education programs, we believe strong rankings three years running will generate even more success for our online college and students.

Westwood College (http://www.westwood.edu)] has earned a spot in the top 20 online colleges and universities according to the 2009 rankings published by the Online Education Database (OEDb). Westwood was ranked number 16 of 44 in OEDb's third annual list.

"This is a proud day for Westwood College as it further demonstrates our ability to provide the skills, tools, experiences and connections necessary for our students to achieve careers they are proud of and transform their lives," said Scott Cousino, division president of Westwood Online. "As we continue to graduate and launch the careers of a diverse student population through our online education programs, we believe strong rankings three years running will generate even more success for our online college and students."

OEDb ranks online colleges based on a number of metrics including acceptance rates, financial aid, graduation rates, peer Web citations, retention rates, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratios and years accredited. According to OEDb, Westwood College's placement among the rankings demonstrates its commitment to transparency and academic excellence. The organization also recognizes the growing popularity of online education due to the increasing need for flexible and affordable college education.

According to Ashley Merusi, an OEDb spokesperson, "OEDb's annual Online College Ranking is a valuable asset to students considering online education. During these challenging financial times, it is more important than ever for students to make sure they are getting a valuable education for their tuition dollars. We recognize the top 20 schools as the leading degree-granting online institutions in the United States."

About Westwood College
Westwood College, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is an institution of higher learning delivering career-focused education and services that prepare individuals to launch, enhance or change careers. Westwood operates in 17 locations in six states, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia and Texas. Westwood College, including Westwood College Online, recently became a candidate for regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college has graduated and launched the careers of more than 20,000 students and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

About OEDb:
OEDb is an independent for-profit organization located in Houston, Texas. OEDb is dedicated to providing comprehensive reviews of online colleges and universities and the programs they offer. For more information and a complete list of OEDb's rankings, visit http://oedb.org/rankings.

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Phil Smith
Westwood College
720-524-5750

Wendy Artman
GroundFloor Media
303-865-8137

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