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U.S. News Releases Its First Rankings of Online Education Programs

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In recognition of higher education’s growing presence online, U.S. News recently released its first ever Top Online Education Programs rankings. More than 6.1 million students are enrolled in online courses65 percent of administrators surveyed at colleges and universities agreed that online education is a key player in their long-term strategy. Students looking at online programs, whether for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, can now consult U.S. News as they would do for traditional campus-based programs. The rankings include programs at online and brick and mortar schools provided that no less than 80 percent of the course content is online.  The brick and mortar schools actually came out big winners in the online rankings. Here is a glimpse of winners and losers…

Losers: None of the for-profit schools such as University of Phoenix, DeVry or American Public University made the U.S. News honor roll, which distinguishes programs ranking in the top third- the public and private colleges and universities with online programs earned the high marks.

Winners: “Top performers in online bachelor’s degree programs include Pace University in New York and the University of FloridaAuburn University in Alabama made the honor roll for its online master’s programs in education and engineering, and George Washington University‘s master’s programs earned the Washington, D.C., school mentions in the education, business, and nursing honor rolls.”

Bachelor’s programs were ranked in three categories:

  1. Student engagement and assessment;
  2. Student services and technology; and
  3. Faculty credentials and training.

Master’s programs were ranked in four categories:

  1. Student engagement and accreditation (rather than assessment);
  2. Student services and technology;
  3. Faculty credentials and training; and
  4. Admissions selectivity.
Program Rankings and Honor Roll:
U.S. News ranked 196 online bachelor’s degree programs and 523 online master’s degree programs in businessengineering,nursingeducation, and computer information technology.

Further Reading:

Top Online Education Programs

About the Top Online Education Program Rankings

Why U.S. News Ranks Online Education Programs

Consider This Before You Pay for an Online Degree

Via U.S. News Ranks Top Online Degree Programs by Kelsey Sheehy – U.S. News


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