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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

U.S. News Names Top Online Programs

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide and Pennsylvania State University-World Campus were named the best online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News & World Report. The 2016 report ranks the academic quality of more than 1,200 U.S.-based distance-learning degree programs.

Only degree-granting programs at accredited institutions are considered for the rankings. Student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, and technology are among the categories used to rank the programs.

“Online learning is becoming an integral part of higher education, and consumers are hungry for information related to legitimate online degrees,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in an article for eCampus News. “The Best Online Program rankings can help prospective students begin their search for a program that suits both their academic and career goals, as well as their work and family schedules.”

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, was ranked first for the second straight year for its online MBA program, while Indiana University-Bloomington earned the top spot for its non-MBA business program. Other top-ranked online programs were Boston University for criminal justice; University of Florida for education; University of South Carolina for nursing; University of California Los Angeles for engineering, and the University of Southern California for computer information technology.

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