UB online programs among the best, says U.S. News & World Report

Personalized attention for distance-learning students earning MBAs, CIT, health and liberal arts degrees makes UB stand apart

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University of Bridgeport (UB) online degree programs, celebrated for providing exceptional individualized support for students enrolled in a distance-learning courses, have been named among the top in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “2017 Best Online Education Programs.”

UB’s graduate-level Computer Information Technology (CIT) program, which can be completed entirely online, ranked 32nd. It distinguishing itself by its small class size and strong faculty training and credentials. The online CIT program offers concentrations in Data Processing, Computer Systems, Data Entry, Computer Science and Systems, and Microcomputer Applications.

The online MBA program, launched in the fall of 2013, ranked 105th out of 239 online business programs eligible for review. The strong quality of faculty, coupled with live online tutoring and an array of services for MBA students, helped to push the program to the top half of the pack. This is the first time the business track has been ranked by U.S. News.

The University’s online bachelor’s degree programs, offered in a variety of academic fields-, were collectively ranked 110th. “Personalized, one-on-one advising” and “small class sizes” were among the programs’ award-winning attributes. Online bachelor’s degree programs at UB are offered for students majoring in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Dental Hygiene.

U.S. News based the standings on factors in five general categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, admissions selectivity, and student financial, technical and vocational support.

An established leader in e-learning, the University was the first to offer a graduate online degree in in Connecticut. Today, its online curriculum includes more than 100 distance-learning courses. In addition, UB professors who teach courses online complete training programs to enhance their expertise in technology and expand their knowledge of best teaching practices for the web.

“UB has long been committed to creating responsive, personalized online courses that equip students with the skills they need in the marketplace. To that end, we’re proud of our rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said Associate Provost Aaron Perkus.

For more information about the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

To read about students’ experiences, including the milestones they achieved and friendships forged while they took online classes through UB, please see “A World at the Keyboards” in Knightlines magazine.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu

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