U.S. News releases 2016’s best online education programs

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News Assistant Editor, @eCN_RonB
January 12th, 2016


The top bachelor’s and graduate programs of 2016 have been ranked based on the strength of their online education quality, according to U.S. News.

onlineprofU.S. News & World Report released their 2016 Best Online Programs today, which ranks what they say is the academic quality of more than 1,200 U.S.-based distance degree programs.

Now in its fifth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs serves as a resource to what the publication states is millions of domestic and international prospective students and working adults who are increasingly seeking online education programs for career advancement and degree completion. The directory is searchable, and can be narrowed down to factors such as tuition, program offerings and online services offered for the sake of comparison.

“Online learning is becoming an integral part of higher education, and consumers are hungry for information related to legitimate online degrees,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Online Programs 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.”

Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominately online were considered for the rankings. The 2016 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology. The rankings were created with what the publication states is extensive diligence in order to ensure that a program was not ranked highly based on the strength of its reputation alone, but instead by the quality of its online education and instructors specifically.

(Next page: Find out which programs came out on top across a host of categories)

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