Noting that “online education is becoming an essential part of the higher education landscape,” U.S. News & World Report has released its first overall Top Online Program rankings.
Ball State University's online bachelor's degree programs are rated No. 20 among Best Online Bachelors Programs, which includes degree completion programs in business administration, nursing, and general studies.
The rankings, which include only programs that are offered 100 percent online, were based on surveys of 2,820 nonprofit and for-profit institutions.
U.S. News editors noted that 6.7 million college students—or 32 percent of total enrollment in higher education—were enrolled in at least one online course during fall 2011, up approximately 6.1 million from the previous year, for a 9.3 percent increase.
Ball State offers more than 60 online degrees and certificates and each year serves nearly 10,000 students who are enrolled in online courses or programs. Many of these programs, including those in business, educational leadership, nursing, and public relations are nationally ranked or recognized. More about Ball State’s online and distance education offerings can be found at www.bsu.edu/distance.
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