The Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - Investopedia

The Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - InvestopediaThe Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - InvestopediaUW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course | News - University of Wyoming NewsBachelor's Degree Center Releases National Rankings of History Degree Programs - PRNewswireThe Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - InvestopediaPosted: 26 Oct 2020 12:58 PM PDT What Is an Online Master's Degree Program?An online master's degree program, is, as the name suggests, a graduate-level degree that can be completed partially or fully online. Other than where students are located, as online master's programs have matured, there are essentially no differences between classes offered virtually and in-person. Among the programs listed here, the professors, curriculum, assignments, and testing are all the same. Some online master's programs require attending the live lecture virtually, while others allow asynchronous viewin…

New Rankings: The Best Online University Programs Based On Their ROI - Forbes

New Rankings: The Best Online University Programs Based On Their ROI - Forbes

New Rankings: The Best Online University Programs Based On Their ROI - Forbes

Posted: 17 Oct 2020 03:00 AM PDT

As more students turn to online education during the pandemic, they're becoming increasingly interested in learning about the costs and payoffs of online degree programs. Now, Optimal (formerly the SR Education Group and the host for has rebranded its Guide to Online Schools as a new source of such information.

The new product is called OnlineU, and this month it released 2021 Best Colleges for Return on Investment Rankings. The rankings are based on major-specific median salary and mean debt numbers gathered from the U. S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.

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"The pandemic has significantly accelerated the growth of online learning and delivered us into a territory where there is not a lot of qualitative or quantitative information yet," said Optimal founder and CEO Sung Rhee. "OnlineU is looking to fill this space with our data-driven articles and outcomes-based rankings focused specifically on return on investment, so students are able to vet the value and outcome of their choices rather than playing the guessing game."

To determine mid-career return on investment (ROI), schools were ranked by graduates' salaries and debt payments 10 years after graduation, accounting for standard salary growth and interest on debt payments. Each school was given a percentile "ROI score" that shows how the salary and debt of alumni from that school's online programs compared to similar ones.

A statistical score was calculated that compared each degree program's 10-year ROI with the average 10-year ROI for all other programs in the same field. The scores for the programs offered online at each school were averaged and schools were ranked from highest to lowest on this average score. To be considered, schools needed to have the necessary data available for a minimum number of online programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's level.

The Top 20 Online Universities based on bachelor's degrees include public, private non-profit, and for-profit institutions. They include traditional campus-based institutions as well as those that are exclusively online:

  • University of Virginia
  • Northeastern University
  • Excelsior College
  • Capella University
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Roger Williams University
  • Thomas Edison State University
  • Rider University
  • Colorado State University Global
  • Drexel University
  • University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • St Joseph's University
  • Brandman University
  • Bellevue University
  • Miami University
  • Western Governors University
  • American Pacific University System
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide

The Top Ten Online Universities based on master's degrees are all well-established public or private, nonprofit schools.

  • Fordham University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Northwestern University
  • Columbia University, New York
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • George Mason University
  • University of Minnesota
  • St. John's University
  • University of Maryland

In addition to these rankings, the site also ranks individual degree programs in a number of fields.

  • So for example, if you're considering earning a bachelor's degree in Arts and Design, the University of Montana ranks #1 in ROI, with annual tuition of $21,600 and a median mid-career salary of $80,300. It's followed by the University of Iowa (annual tuition: $8,073; mid-career salary: $61,914) and the University of Denver (annual tuition: $30,060; mid-career salary: $69,729).
  • For a student wanting a Master's in counseling, West Virginia University ranked #1 in ROI with annual tuition of $16,960 and median mid-year salary of $109,600. It was followed by Rutgers University (tuition: $11,040 and mid-career median salary: $72,600) and Pepperdine University (tuition: $49,135 and mid-career salary of $85,000).

Every college ranking system is limited by its methodology, and consumers need to understand that interpreting the results must be tempered by what data are collected and how. In the case of these online degree rankings, the reported salaries are specific to a limited time frame, and they're extrapolated from earlier figures. The debt figures cover only federal loans, not other sources. Additionally, universities with a small number of online programs, and programs with a small number of graduates are not included.

Finally, the value of college should not be measured only in terms of dollars and cents. Many students don't go to college merely as a financial investment—a plan to make a profit. They want to learn how to lead informed, engaged lives combined with the opportunity to be paid well as they do so. They want to encounter new ideas from people who are different from them. And they want to develop relationships that give lasting meaning to their lives. No ranking system fully captures all those motivations.

Nonetheless, understanding future financial outcomes is of interest to prospective students and their families as they grapple with the question of whether a college education is worth it. The 2021 Best Colleges for Return on Investment Rankings offers some useful information on that score.

The 25 Best Online Courses of All Time Based on 125000 Reviews - Inc.

Posted: 22 Sep 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Online learning was growing quickly before the pandemic. Now with so many of us stuck at home with time on our hands, interest is booming and providers are responding with new offerings. 

There are currently tens of thousands of classes available and more are being added constantly. That's great but also baffling news for would-be students. With so many options to choose from, how do you sort through which classes are actually worth your time?

One solid approach is to look for classes that are highly reviewed by those who have already taken them. Class Central can help. This week, the online course clearinghouse is releasing a new, updated ranking of the best-rated classes among the 15,000 or so on the site, drawing on 125,000 student reviews to curate the list. 

Not every class will be of interest to business owners (subjects range from geology to Chinese language to Shakespeare), so I sorted through the list for courses offered in English that are most likely to appeal to entrepreneurs. They fall into two broad categories: business and personal development.


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