A Colorado university shines in U.S. News’ online bachelor’s program rankings

By Caitlin Hendee – Associate Editor, Denver Business Journal
Jan 9, 2018, 10:58am

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A Colorado university’s online program is among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings, released Tuesday.

Colorado State Univesity Global Campus ranked No. 9 in the nation for its online bachelor’s program. It tied with University of Oklahoma.

“The Best Online Programs rankings offer adults the information needed to identify programs that best suit their life and career goals,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The top programs not only demonstrate strong academics but also create learning environments that are particularly well-suited to remote students.”

“We want to make sure our grads are in the top 20 percent in terms of their learning. Then we look at their success in the workplace…based on salaries, asking grad employers, etc.,” said CSU Global president in a prior interview.

To compile its rankings, U.S. News evaluates distance education programs at the program level rather than the school level, using data gathered directly from each program. The methodologies are based on a number of factors, including: student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered primarily online were considered.

U.S. News’ report also looks at online MBA programs. The highest-ranking Colorado institution was CSU —tied for 42nd nationally. University of Colorado—Colorado Springs was next, at No. 54 nationally, followed by Colorado Technical University, at No. 172.