Although it has not fulfilled its early promise online higher education continues to grow. At the moment the leader in the ranking of online programmes is the US News & World Report (USN). The latest USN online rankings include US bachelor’s programs and master’s programs in Business, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Engineering, Education and Nursing. Altogether over 1,600 programs have been evaluated this year. Data are derived from a peer reputation survey and information provided by the programs.
There were some methodological changes this year. The weighting for student excellence was reduced and there was less emphasis on GRE and GMAT scores in the assessment of graduate programs.
The indicators for bachelor’s programs are grouped in four categories:
- Services and technologies
- Expert opinion
- Faculty credentials and training.
These categories are also used in the evaluation of master’s programmes along with Student excellence. The precise weighting varies according to the type of programme.
The top universities in each category are:
Bachelor’s programs; Ohio State University Columbus
MBA; Indiana University Bloomington and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Business -non-MBA; University of Southern California
Computer Information Technology; University of Southern California
Criminal Justice/criminology; University of California Irvine
Education, Clemson University, South Carolina
Engineering; Columbia University, New York
Nursing, Rush University, Illinois.
US News & World Report