U.S. News & World Report cites Rowan among Top Online Education ProgramsMarch 06, 2012
U.S. News & World Report has cited three Rowan University colleges in the publication’s first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings.
The prestigious publication honored the Rohrer College of Business MBA program with the following:
• 31st in the nation for Faculty Credentials and Training (although U.S. News does not do a state breakdown, the Rohrer College of Business program is tops in New Jersey)
• 31st in the nation for Student Engagement and Accreditation
• 134th in the nation for Student Services and Technology
U.S. News cited the graduate programs in the College of Education:
• 28th in the nation for Student Engagement and Accreditation (Tops in New Jersey)
The publication also honored the graduate programs in the College of Engineering:
• 19th in the nation for Student Engagement and Accreditation (Tops in New Jersey)
• 19th in the nation for Student Services & Technology (Tops in New Jersey)
Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology were ranked.
These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.
“Rowan University has spent several years honing its online offerings to meet the needs of today’s traditional and non-traditional students,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, interim president of Rowan University. “While our students are our most important ‘evaluators,’ we are honored to be recognized by such a prestigious publication as U.S. News & World Report in its inaugural assessment of online programs.”
While U.S. News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.
Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. The online master’s degree programs were ranked in similar categories, but were evaluated on student engagement and accreditation as opposed to assessment. There was also a separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity.
Data were collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, visit http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.
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