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U.S. News ranks WKU online programs among best in nation

In its annual ranking of the best online degree programs, U.S. News & World Report has named WKU among the top schools nationwide in five areas.

online_badge16WKU ranked third in the nation in the Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs category, second to Penn State and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which tied for first place.

The ranking also placed WKU’s M.A. in Criminology among the top 12 online graduate degree programs in the Best Online Criminal Justice Programs category.

“Being ranked among the best online programs in the nation is a testament to the quality of faculty, students, technology and student support WKU offers,” said Dr. Julie Uranis, Director of Distance Learning at WKU. “Penn State and Embry-Riddle are leaders in education, so it’s an honor to be ranked alongside these excellent schools.”

Other WKU programs were ranked among the top 100 online graduate programs in the nation, including Best Online Education Degree (online M.A.E. programs for teachers), Best Online MBA Degree and Best Online Nursing Degree for the M.S.N. program.

Online programs are degrees that offer 80 percent or more required coursework online. The ranking includes online bachelor’s degrees combining data from all undergraduate level disciplines.

U.S. News ranked seven disciplines at the master’s degree level: business (MBA), business (non-MBA), computer information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering and nursing. Within each graduate degree program there are five indicator rankings: Student Engagement, Student Services & Technology, Faculty Credentials & Training, Admissions Selectivity, and Peer Reputation. Within the undergraduate ranking, there are four indicator rankings: Student Engagement, Student Services & Technology, Faculty Credentials & Training, and Peer Reputation.

“The fact that so many of our online degree programs rank highly speaks to the commitment of the WKU faculty for providing excellent online opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Beth Laves, associate vice president, Extended Learning & Outreach at WKU. “This is also the result of outstanding student support from numerous departments across campus, including Academic Technology, Distance Learning, Library Services, Online Program Services and the Online Writing Center, just to name a few.”

For information about online degree programs at WKU, contact WKU Online at (270) 745-5173. The methodology used in these rankings can be found online at www.usnews.com/online.

Contact: Dr. Julie Uranis, (270) 745-2472 or julie.uranis@wku.edu

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