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Idaho Universities, Accredited Colleges, and Degrees

The Idaho State Board of Education (ISBE) is the governing entity responsible for maintaining the quality and accessibility of schools in Idaho offering postsecondary programs. The ISBE serves two general purposes. First, it maintains colleges and universities in Idaho by conducting progress research, and approving schools and their academic programs. Second, it serves as an informational resource regarding financial aid, all colleges in Idaho, and local and state-wide retention and graduation initiatives for those interested in a postsecondary education.

Accredited Colleges & Universities in Idaho

Of the 15 four-year universities and colleges in Idaho, Boise State University and Brigham Young University (BYU )-Idaho have the largest number of students enrolled. Two of the best colleges in Idaho are the University of Idaho and BYU-Idaho. The University of Idaho is ranked No. 165 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It was founded in 1889 and is known for such alumni as Mark Felt, who was reporters' secret source for the Watergate scandal. BYU-Idaho, on the other hand, ranks No. 16 in the west, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is a private institution affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Rexburg.

One of the most important educational initiatives in Idaho is the Complete College Idaho initiative. The goal of this initiative is for 60% of young adults in Idaho to have a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2020. The rationale behind the initiative is that an educated workforce will increase Idaho's competitiveness, economy, and residents' quality of life. To do this, the initiative, generally speaking, works to strengthen Idaho's higher education outreach programs, communication strategies, academic programs, and financial support options.

Accredited Community Colleges in Idaho

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, of the 24 community colleges in Idaho, the largest are the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) and College of Western Idaho (CWI). CSI enrolls about 10,000 students and offers those students who need distance education the option to complete their degree through off-campus education sites, as well as online courses and degree programs. Meanwhile, CWI has about 7,000 students enrolled and offers 21 traditional degree programs. It also offers online course options, both for degree seekers and those looking to develop their careers.

One of the most important initiatives for community college students in Idaho is the Rural Community College Initiative. Administered by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) after the Ford Foundation developed the idea, this initiative works to solve education problems in rural communities. One of these problems is that many young adults in rural communities don't have the chance to receive a postsecondary education whether because of financial reasons or simply because they don't know about their options. As such, the SRDC works to provide students in Idaho and across the nation with not only publications about higher education but grants and other forms of financial assistance.

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