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WKU online programs earn national ranking from U.S. News & World Report

In its first-ever ranking of the best online degree programs, U.S. News & World Report has named WKU among the Top 10 schools nationwide in the category of Student Services and Technology for online bachelor degrees.

WKU was also named among the top 15 online graduate degree programs in the category of Student Services and Technology – Education, the top 25 online graduate degree programs in the area of Faculty Credentials and Training – Education and in the top 12 public universities – South Region.

“WKU offers online students access to a wide variety of support services, which sets us apart from many other institutions,” said Beth Laves, associate vice president, Extended Learning & Outreach at WKU. Those services include online tutoring, career services, tech support, orientation and access to proctored testing. “We also have a virtual student resource center that provides one-click access to practically any service students need,” Laves added.

Laura Ricke, director of academic outreach at WKU, said that strong support is vital to student recruitment and retention. “We believe in providing outstanding support to students,” said Ricke, “and we do everything we can to ensure student success.”

Other WKU programs were consistently ranked among the top 100 schools in the nation in the following areas: Online Business Graduate Degree ­– Student Services & Technology, Online Business Graduate Degree – Faculty Credentials & Training and Online Education Graduate Degree – Faculty Credentials & Training.

U.S. News defines online programs as those with 80 percent or more required coursework available online. The ranking was released on Jan. 10 and included online bachelor’s degree programs combining data from all undergraduate level disciplines. U.S. News also ranked five disciplines at the master’s degree level: business, computer information technology, education, engineering and nursing. Within each graduate degree program there are four indicator rankings: Student Engagement and Accreditation, Student Services & Technology, Faculty Credentials & Training and Admissions Selectivity. Within the undergraduate ranking, there are three indicator rankings: Student Engagement & Assessment, Student Services & Technology and Faculty Credentials & Training.

“We are honored to receive this ranking among so many outstanding online programs available throughout the nation,” said Laves, “and our outstanding faculty and staff are who truly make the difference.”

For information about online degree programs at WKU, contact the Office of Academic Outreach at (270) 745-3067. The methodology used in these rankings can be found online.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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