Four of Ball State’s Online and Distance Education programs topped almost all their peers in 2016 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
The university’s online degrees in graduate education, master of business administration, and graduate nursing, as well as the overall bachelor’s programs, ranked among the best, according to the national publication.
U.S. News’ best-of lists are considered to be among the most competitive in the country. Ball State has earned top rankings in this program for each of the five years U.S. News has ranked online programs.
U.S. News also ranks Ball State's programs among the best for veterans.
U.S. News reviews information for hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the country. Rankings include seven graduate-level degree types and bachelor’s degrees as a whole at each institution. Ball State offers four of the degree types U.S. News reviews, and the university ranks in all four.
The publication then scores each academic program on four major criteria: student engagement (which receives the most weight), faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.
“These rankings come to Ball State based in part on what our colleagues at other colleges and universities think of our programs,” says Provost Terry S. King. “That’s crucial because those folks are working as hard as we are to have the best. Those endorsements speak volumes about our programming.”
Competition for top spots in the annual report has grown tougher each year as more schools launch online programs.
U.S. News’ assessed 1,200 academic programs this year. Ball State's online programs have been ranked since U.S. News started ranking these programs five years ago.
More than 5,000 students are enrolled at Ball State exclusively online. And more than 7,000 on-campus students also take online courses.
Since online classes began in the 1990s, Online and Distance Education has grown to offer more than 60 degrees and certificates.
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