University of Bridgeport’s (UB) online degree programs have been named among the top in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Online Education Programs.” This is the second consecutive year that UB has been awarded for its superlative online offerings.
UB’s information technology program, which includes master’s degree programs in computer science and technology management, was ranked 11th best in the nation. The University’s ranked 29th in the online bachelor’s programs and graduate engineering categories.
U.S. News based its standings on factors that included faculty credentials and training, academic and support services for students, applicants’ GPAs and other admissions criterion, program reputation, technologies, student satisfaction, and graduation rates. To be eligible for the U.S. News 2014 rankings, programs had to offer 100 percent of their courses online.
UB was the first university in Connecticut to offer online classes when in 1997 it launched distance-learning courses in human nutrition. Today, the curriculum includes more than 100 online courses, and it continues to expand.
Most recently, UB’s online MBA program launches on January 27, 2014.
“We are very proud that our online programs have received recognition once again from U.S News as we’re committed to excellence and continuing to grow as a leader in online learning,” said UB Director of Online Learning Kris Bickell. “To that end, we’re adding more online degree programs while increasing the level of service in the form of instructional design, multimedia development, and social interaction in order to create even more engaging online courses and to accommodate growth.”
The number of online degree programs is soaring. Sixty-two percent of colleges and universities currently provide distance learning, up from 34.5 percent in 2002, and just under 10 percent of college and university students are enrolled in at least one online education course, according to Babson Survey Research Group.
For more information about the rankings were determined, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/01/07/about-the-top-online-education-programs-rankings-2014.
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