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 “2013 Best Online Education Programs.”
UB’s information technology program, which includes master’s degree programs in computer science and technology management, was ranked the fourth best in the nation. Its online bachelor’s general studies program was ranked 12th, and its online engineering track was ranked 16th.
U.S. News based the 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 2013 rankings, programs had to offer 100 percent of their courses online.
UB has long established itself as a leader in distance learning. It 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. In addition, UB professors who teach online complete training programs to enhance their expertise in technology and expand their knowledge of best teaching practices for the web.
“We’re proud of our rankings from U.S. News because we’re committed to creating online courses that are engaging for students,” said Kris Bickell, who is UB’s director of distance education. “We look forward to expanding our online degree programs and expanding access for students who want the education we’re offering, but for various reasons, can’t get to our Bridgeport campus.”
The number of schools nationwide offering online degree programs has soared in the last decade. In 2012, 62 percent offered distance learning, up from 34.5 percent in 2002, according to a release in January from Babson Survey Research Group.
For more information about the rankings were determined, please visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2013/01/14/about-the-top-online-education-programs-rankings.
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