Ranking of online college programs meets scrutiny

A University of Florida official called the U.S. News rankings 'messy.'

U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever “Top Online Programs” ranking has met sharp criticism from online-learning organizations, including one that said the lists were flawed by “scattershot methodology” that revealed a lack of expertise in the rankings process.

The magazine, which has published a national college ranking since 1983, included online college programs in a separate ranking this year, breaking the lists into sections: faculty and credentials, student engagement and assessment, and student services and technology.

Colleges that ranked highly in every category were included in an honor roll listing.…Read More