For the third consecutive year, the 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 “2015 Best Online Education Programs.”

The University’s information technology program, which includes a master’s degree in computer science and technology management, was ranked 13th in the nation. Its online bachelor’s general studies program was ranked in the top 100, and its online engineering track was ranked in the top 50.

U.S. News bases the standings on a variety of factors, including academic and support services for students, faculty training, admissions criterion, program reputation, technologies, student satisfaction, and graduation rates. To be eligible for the U.S. News rankings, programs had to offer 100 percent of their courses online.

A pioneer in distance-learning, UB was the first university in Connecticut to offer online classes in 1997, when it launched e-courses in human nutrition. Today, more than 600 distance learning students are enrolled in over 250 online classes in eight online degree programs in a variety of fields, from the health sciences to business and engineering.

At the same time, UB has launched the Global Learning Initiative (GLI) to enhance its expanding distance-learning curricula. The campaign includes the addition of cutting-edge resource materials, technology upgrades, and professional training for faculty.

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