Online programs at USC and UCLA were among those receiving top ratings in a new report to be released Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report, which also found that highly ranked programs are more common at established public universities than at for-profit online providers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The University of Southern California’s online graduate computer information technology program was top-ranked nationally, the same position it held in last year’s listing, while UCLA had the second-best ranked online graduate engineering program, moving up from 11th last year.
USC’s graduate online engineering program was ranked fourth this year, down a few places from first last year. New York’s Columbia University ranked first in the 2014 rankings.
In other categories, Cal State Fullerton tied for 22nd place among online graduate education programs and 16th in graduate engineering.
In top online bachelor’s programs, Central Michigan University was top-ranked with the private, nonprofit California-based University of La Verne in a tie for 13th place.
The 2014 survey also ranked online graduate business and nursing programs.
… The online rankings, now in their third year, are intended to help students sort through a proliferation of distance education courses and programs that have gained traction — and notoriety — with the advent of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, that can enroll thousands of students.