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ASU ranks in top 10 for online education

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January 08, 2014

ASU among best schools in US to get online degree

Recognized as one of the top major public research universities in the country, Arizona State University is now among the best in the nation for online education, according to rankings released Jan. 8 by U.S. News & World Report.

ASU is tied for ninth place for undergraduate online programs in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings among public and private universities.

Having advanced from last year's No. 40 ranking for undergraduate online programs, ASU is now the only Pac-12 school to rank in the top 10. 

“Today’s rapidly changing world requires innovative approaches to education,” says Phil Regier, dean and executive vice provost of ASU Online. “ASU offers an impressive online platform that delivers high-quality, rigorous curriculum taught by world-class faculty. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who is motivated to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but needs an adaptable and flexible format, has the opportunity to achieve his or her educational and career goals.”

Every program delivered online at ASU is developed by the same faculty who teach at the university’s campuses and is designed to engage students and professors in meaningful ways.

ASU students who learn online connect with the full university experience: interaction with internationally recognized faculty, access to collections from ASU’s eight award-winning libraries, an alumni network tens of thousands of members strong and membership in a community of thousands of students pursuing their degrees.

ASU Online currently offers more than 40 undergraduate programs entirely online. “It is an honor to be recognized for these efforts by U.S. News & World Report,” Regier says.

Individual ASU programs recognized for online excellence in the rankings include:

• The W. P. Carey School of Business, named second in the nation for best online graduate business programs

• The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ranked 11th in the nation for best online graduate engineering programs

• The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, rated 25th for online graduate education programs

• The College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranked 52nd for best online graduate nursing programs

The full list may be viewed here.

U.S. News & World Report bachelor’s programs rankings were based on these criteria:

• Student engagement, including participation in courses that allow students opportunities to readily interact with instructors and fellow classmates

• Faculty credentials and training

• Peer reputation that includes industry opinions that account for intangible factors on program quality that is not captured by statistics

• Student services and technology, including diverse online learning technologies that allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance, as well as a strong support structure outside of classes for learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.