Emporia State’s online bachelor’s degree offerings earn notice in U.S.News rankings

January 12, 2012

Emporia State University’s online bachelor’s degree program has earned notice in the first-ever edition of “Top Online Education Program” rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

Emporia State earned the No. 89 spot among teaching practices and student engagement and No. 61 for student services and technology for its online bachelor’s program in rankings released Jan. 10, 2012.

ESU offers two undergraduate degree programs online. The bachelor of interdisciplinary studies (BIS) program provides students a quality multi-disciplinary program of study that fulfills traditional university requirements and is designed to meet the student’s specific goal for a college degree.

The bachelor of science in information resource studies (IRS) is designed primarily for students who have completed an associate’s degree or hold a number of undergraduate-level courses from accredited institutions. The program includes six general areas — communication, organizational studies, psychology/sociology, research methods, information resources and information technology.

“The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been working diligently to build the BIS and IRS degrees,” said Provost Tes Mehring. “Faculty and staff efforts have obviously paid off! The quality of these degrees is being recognized nationally and we are proud of this accomplishment.”

U.S.News looked at online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology. Data was collected from regionally accredited institutions that offered bachelor’s degree programs in 2010. A total of 184 institutions were evaluated for their bachelor’s degree programs.

The rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner, according to the magazine. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.

While U.S.News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.

Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year.

Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

For more information on the U.S.News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

About Emporia State University

Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Normal — the state’s premier institution to educate teachers — Emporia State University offers 42 undergraduate and 27 graduate degrees in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. SLIM also offers a Ph.D. program.

ESU is ranked as a Tier 1 Top 100 Regional University in the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” compiled by U.S.News & World Report. The publication also cited ESU’s School of Business as a best value for both in-state and out-of-state students.



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