Penn State can add yet another accolade to its already long list — housing the nation’s No. 1 online bachelor’s program.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State No. 1 for online bachelor programs in its 2015 “Best Online Programs,” up from No. 3 last year. The World Campus beat out almost 300 other online programs in the ranking’s third year.
Data for the ranking came from the same four categories as last year’s, including: student engagement (40 percent), faculty credentials and training (20 percent), peer reputation (20 percent), and student services and technology (20 percent).
Penn State also received top 10 rankings for graduate degree programs in education (No. 4), computer information systems (No. 4), business (No. 5), and engineering (N0. 5). The World Campus’ MBA program tied for No. 7 with Carnegie Mellon’s program among nearly 200 institutions in the category’s first year.
“We are excited that U.S. News recognizes Penn State as the best among its peers at providing bachelor degrees online and among the top institutions in the country for graduate degrees,” said Craig Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education to Penn State News. “The University’s academic leaders, faculty and staff strive to provide a high-quality online education that meets the needs of busy adults who want to advance their careers.”
Penn State’s added investment into the World Campus is surely paying off after this ranking, hopefully they scale back the awkward commercials at next year’s football games, though.