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Colorado Home To Several Best Online Degrees: U.S. News - Patch.com

Colorado Home To Several Best Online Degrees: U.S. News - Patch.com


Colorado Home To Several Best Online Degrees: U.S. News - Patch.com

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 07:42 AM PST

After months of campus closures and restrictions, the coronavirus pandemic has given new importance to online education and the flexibility it offers current and prospective college students.

While some colleges have temporarily moved online as an alternative to in-person learning amid the pandemic, a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report gives a nod to select schools and degree programs in Colorado that were specifically designed to be earned online.

A total of 15 colleges and universities in Colorado earned a spot on the 2021 list of best online programs, released Tuesday by U.S. News.

Intended for those looking to complete or further their education, the rankings evaluate more than 1,600 online bachelor's and master's degree programs.


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The rankings did not take into account schools or programs that have temporarily moved online due to the pandemic, according to a release by U.S. News. The list also doesn't include blended learning programs that combine courses in brick-and-mortar classrooms with online
education.

To determine which schools and programs made this year's list, U.S. News looked at overall academic quality across a variety of disciplines. In addition to online bachelor's degrees, U.S. News ranked master's programs in business, education, nursing, engineering, computer information technology and criminal justice. Online MBA programs were split from other business degrees and ranked separately.

New this year, U.S. News added rankings of online bachelor's programs in business and psychology.

The methodologies to determine the best programs varied according to specialty. Learn more about the methodologies used at USNews.com.

Here's a look at how other schools in Colorado fared on this year's list:

Colorado State University

  • Ranked No. 31 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • Ranked No. 31 in Best Online Master's Information Technology Programs
  • Ranked No. 34 in Best Online Master's Business Programs (non MBA)
  • Ranked No. 40 in Best Online Master's Engineering Programs
  • Ranked No. 51 in Best Online MBA Programs
  • Ranked No. 108 in Best Online Master's Education Programs

Colorado State University - Global Campus

  • Ranked No. 10 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • Ranked No. 18 in Best Online Master's Criminal Justice Programs
  • Ranked No. 39 in Best Online Master's Information Technology Programs
  • Ranked No. 58 in Best Online Master's Business Programs (non MBA)
  • Ranked No. 76 in Best Online Master's Education Programs
  • Ranked No. 79 in Best Online MBA Programs

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Ranked No. 17 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs

University of Colorado - Boulder

  • Ranked No. 100 in Best Online Master's Business Programs (non MBA)
  • Ranked between No. 74 and No. 97 (in a tie with other colleges) in Best Online Master's Engineering Programs

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

  • Ranked No. 15 in Best Online Master's Criminal Justice Programs
  • Ranked No. 32 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs
  • Ranked No. 46 in Best Online Master's Education Programs
  • Ranked No. 67 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • Ranked No. 69 in Best Online Master's Engineering Programs
  • Ranked No. 88 in Best Online MBA Programs

University of Colorado - Denver

  • Ranked No. 24 in Best Online Master's Criminal Justice Programs
  • Ranked No. 98 in Best Online Master's Education Programs

University of Denver

  • Ranked No. 39 (tied with CSU) in Best Online Master's Information Technology Programs
  • Ranked No. 59 in Best Online MBA Programs
  • Ranked No. 67 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs (ties with CU CO Springs)

University of Northern Colorado

  • Ranked No. 83 in Best Online Master's Education Programs
  • Ranked No. 86 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Colorado Technical University

  • Ranked No. 51 in Best Online Master's Information Technology Programs
  • Ranked between No. 59 and No. 74 (in a tie with other colleges) in Best Online Master's Criminal Justice Programs
  • Ranked between No. 74 and No. 97 (in a tie with other colleges) in Best Online Master's Engineering Programs
  • Ranked No. 113 in Best Online Master's Business Programs (non MBA)
  • Ranked No. 127 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs

Colorado Mesa University

  • Ranked No. 125 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs

Regis University

  • Ranked between No. 59 and No. 74 (in a tie with other colleges) in Best Online Master's Information Technology Programs

Florida-based Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University moved back up to No. 1 this year among Best Online Bachelor's Programs. For MBAs, Carnegie Mellon University tied with the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill for the top spot.

Meanwhile, Columbia University had the top-ranked computer information technology master's program. Tied for No. 1 among Best Online Master's in Nursing programs were Rush University and the University of South Carolina.

Finally, the No. 1 master's programs in education and engineering are at the University of Florida and Columbia University, respectively.

See the full 2021 list of Best Online Programs here.

Multiple Online Programs at USM Earn High Rankings by US News & World Report - Southern Miss Now

Posted: 01 Feb 2021 09:05 AM PST

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 10:44am | By: Van Arnold

Online programs at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) continue to rate highly nationwide, earning distinction in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs Rankings for 2021.

USM's online bachelor's degree in business received an impressive No. 39 national ranking – and No. 1 in Mississippi - as part of a debut category in the U.S. News rankings. At the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, 280 students were enrolled in USM's online bachelor's in business program.

"It is rewarding to consider that our program was ranked as a top-40 program the first year that the U.S. News & World Report ranked online bachelor's in business programs," said Dr. Bret Becton, Dean of USM's College of Business and Economic Development.

"We provide our students with an affordable and challenging online business education that is among the best in the country."

U.S. News noted that baccalaureate-level rankings in business and psychology were added this year because those are two of the most popular undergraduate degrees offered to distance learners.

Other notable USM rankings include:

  • Online bachelor's degree programs ranked No. 75 nationwide, first among Mississippi institutions.
  • Online bachelor's degree program for veterans ranked No. 50 nationwide, first among Mississippi institutions.
  • Online master's degree in business administration ranked No. 94 nationwide.

The newest ranking marks a significant leap for USM's bachelor's degree programs, which rose from No. 93 last year to No. 75 in 2021.

Dr. Amy Chasteen, USM's Executive Vice Provost, points out that these accolades are the result of faculty engagement and extensive efforts to design strong programs.

"Our faculty work hard to create exceptional educational opportunities for our distance learners," said Chasteen. "New online students from around the nation and world are given the opportunity to earn an affordable, reputable degree through Southern Miss, and we are proud to meet the growing demand for quality online degree programs."

In establishing the 2021 rankings, U.S. News chose factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. More than 350 college and universities are included in the 2021 rankings. A total of 1,641 programs were assessed – an all-time high.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced college and universities nationwide to strategically reshape much of their academic learning formats. Online courses are no longer just an option for many students – they have become a requirement. Many undergraduate and graduate programs are shifting to a fully or partially online format for fall semester classes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among students, faculty and staff.

At the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, USM had 2,887 students enrolled in online programs. Dr. Tom Hutchinson, Dean of Online Learning and Enrollment, emphasizes that the latest U.S. News rankings validate the ongoing commitment the University has made in providing online programs that meet students' expectations.

"I am proud of the success of our online programs efforts to meet the needs of our students. Faculty at Southern Miss constantly strive to improve our courses through our partnership with Quality Matters," said Hutchinson. "This recognition from U.S. News is a testament to the high standards of our programs, hard work of our faculty and staff, and continued quality of programs we offer."

To see the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings, visit: U.S. News 2021 Best Online Programs. To learn more about online programs offered at USM, call 601.266.5518 or visit: https://online-learning.usm.edu/.

Regent, ODU high in magazine rankings for best online bachelor’s in Virginia - WAVY.com

Posted: 02 Feb 2021 04:00 PM PST

(WAVY) — Two Hampton Roads universities that have been emphasizing online learning long before the pandemic have been ranked by US News & World Report as the best in the commonwealth.

The magazine's national rankings for online undergraduate programs for 2021 have Regent University tied for 53rd nationally, the best for a Virginia college or university, and Old Dominion University tied for 86th nationally and second in Virginia.

Regent has topped the USN&WR list in Virginia for nine years running.

The university's emphasis on distance learning made it especially agile when the pandemic began.

"We have both on-campus and online versions of every program we offer at Regent," said Gerson Moreno-Riano, executive vice president for academic affairs. "So it was not difficult for us to turn one off and turn the other one on."

Both schools have had robust online degree programs since the early 1990s.

"We are one of the national leaders, so it's really great to see other entities outside the university recognizing our accomplishments," said ODU provost Austin Agho.

The pandemic will make ODU carry out its five-year plan for further development of online programs "faster than we had planned," Agho said.

"These are not faculty that we pick up who are living across the country as adjuncts. These are the world-class faculty of ODU that are teaching these courses," said Andrew Casiello, associate vice president for distance learning.

Regent officials say they can use the ranking to attract students when it comes to the Christian university's mission and emphasis on distance learning.

"They attest and validate those things," Moreno-Riano said. "It's one thing for us to say something and not have the accolades to show it."

Casiello says ODU uses a holistic approach when designing online courses.

"Very few other institutions within Virginia have the kind of infrastructure that ODU has to develop online programs and courses."

Nationally, the magazine ranked ODU 27th for best online master's in IT, 45th for online master's in engineering, and 67th for best online MBA.

Regent was ranked 21st nationally for best online bachelor's in psychology and 35th for online bachelor's in business.

Moreno-Riano says many institutions of higher learning, large and small, public and private, have yet to embrace online learning.

"They will do it if they have to do it, but they don't see it as a first choice. Not every student can pause their lives for three, four or five years of their lives to study at a bricks-and-mortar institution. Demographics will continue to change. We have to be proactive and go where the student is."

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