September 19, 2018

Online Degree Program Rankings – USA

As Distance Education and online qualifications become acknowledged in the workplace, starting early 2012 the U.S. News & World Report launched it’s inaugural ranking of the leading online education courses.

As online education increases in popularity and enrollments continue to rise, future students—a high percentage being mature and working full-time—have always struggled to locate reliable information or any guide to the best and worst colleges for Distance Education.

U.S. News have now started to provide the kind of information that makes choosing a course and college a much simpler process.

Compiling their Top Online Program Ranking Guide, U.S. News discovered that among the top performing online programs there were many similarities when compared to most of the top performing traditional campus based institutions. Comparisons show a definite link between the number of academic staff employed, the level of program accreditation and the success rate of the program.  For the student, enrolling in an Distance Education Program that has been built around the success of traditional programs should ensure the student receives engaging coursework, tutorials compiled by academic staff, remote access and student support services similar to those found in campus based environments.

Being a new report and the first time information of this kind has been made available to the public, it is clear that although these results provide comprehensive data for online education degree programs, over time the information provided through the U.S. News ranking report will become more sophisticated as online institutions provide better and more detailed data that can be used to determine the programs academic quality and provide a more accurate ranking report to it’s readers.

There is no doubt that in a short time the U.S. News online education ranking guide will become the ‘Go To Tool’ for anyone looking for a Career Pathway or to enroll in an online education program.

U.S. News have ranked five disciplines at masters and bachelor’s degree level combining data provided from all undergraduate level disciplines. There are four indicator rankings within the graduate degree programs and three within the undergraduate  programs. These rankings are all at the program degree level.

Below are listed the top 23 online degree program indicator rankings that will be published:

1. Student Engagement and Assessment – Online Bachelor’s

2. Student Services and Technology – Online Bachelor’s

3. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online Bachelor’s

4. Student Engagement and Accreditation – Online Business

5. Student Services and Technology – Online Business

6. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online Business

7. Admissions Selectivity – Online Business

8. Student Engagement and Accreditation -Online Nursing

9. Student Services and Technology – Online Nursing

10. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online Nursing

11. Admissions Selectivity – Online Nursing

12. Student Engagement and Accreditation – Online Education

13. Student Services and Technology – Online Education

14. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online Education

15. Admissions Selectivity – Online Education

16. Student Engagement and Accreditation – Online Engineering

17. Student Services and Technology – Online Engineering

18. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online Engineering

19. Admissions Selectivity – Online Engineering

20. Student Engagement and Accreditation – Online IT

21. Student Services and Technology – Online IT

22. Faculty Credentials and Training – Online IT

23. Admissions Selectivity – Online IT

In this inaugural year of rankings it was decided that there would not be a numeric classification for overall program excellence, but instead U.S. News devised a non-numerical method of producing rankings using statistical data from each online program. Each category; Bachelors, Business, Education, Engineering, Computer Information Technology and Nursing will show the Benefits of Online Education and include a list of the best performing programs based on a series of numeric indicators gathered directly from each program.

To see the full report, go to: www.usnews.com/education/online-education

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