Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

US News & World Report includes Appalachian in 'Best Online Programs'

A building on the KSU campus A building on the KSU campus
Melissa Porter | 10 January, 2018, 01:42

Additionally, the school offers online graduate programs in Business Administration (MBA), Marriage and Family Studies, and Ministry Studies (four emphases areas).

Review the rankings for the Best Online Bachelor's Programs on the U.S. News site. Consequently, indicators like standardized test scores and high school class rankings that are used by the publication to rank brick-and-mortar colleges are not used to rank online programs. "Every year the competition between institutions grows, and FSU's online programs continue to rank among the highest in the nation".

U.S. News assessed data from almost 1,500 online degree programs.

The online program rankings were released Tuesday for current students and adults looking to further their education and improve career-related skills.

"We are gratified Distance Education at Appalachian is represented well in the U.S. News rankings", said Terry Rawls, executive director for Distance Education at Appalachian. "This ranking reflects the hard work and ingenuity of the faculty members involved".

Additionally, the programs offer affordability and flexibility for working professionals and part-time students. Degrees available include: the RN to BSN, MS in nursing, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP), the master of health care innovation (MHI), BS in health sciences, BS and MS in dental hygiene, master of plant health management (MPHM), master of applied clinical and preclinical research (MACPR), master of art education, MA in bioethics, MA in art education, MS in pharmacology, specialized master in business analytics (SMB-A), master of global engineering leadership, master of learning technologies, MS in agricultural and extension education, MS in welding engineering, master of social work (MSW) and associate of arts in early childhood development and education. Online Bachelor's of Arts are offered in psychology and social science. Almost 1,500 distance education programs for bachelor's degrees as well as graduate programs in engineering, business, computer information technology, criminal justice, education, and nursing were evaluated.

"And as these programs grow in popularity, we at Fox are proud to deliver programs that are yearly ranked as either the best in the nation or among the best in their respective categories", said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat. The programs are listed in a searchable directory, which prospective students can use to find information about tuition, online services and other data. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. As the online market expands, we also are expanding our educational opportunities to meet the needs of tomorrow's business professional.

The 2018 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a variety of factors, including student engagement, graduation rates, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student academic and support services.