WSU online business programs receive US News & World Report honors

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BOONE, N.C. -Appalachian State University made U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Online Bachelor's Programs and 2018 Best Online Graduate Education Programs lists.

23 nationally and No. 1 in Missouri on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 list of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. "Our online Educational Leadership program is a prime example of our commitment to offering outstanding academic programs that are responsive to the needs of our students and our other constituents".

By comparison, Indiana University's online MBA program ranked third.

Winthrop University's online graduate education program was 219th, tied with Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Kennesaw State University, Keiser University, and Alabama State University.

In arriving at its rankings, U.S. News & World Report considers five general categories, including student engagement; student services and technology; admissions selectivity; faculty credentials and training; and peer reputation. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominantly online were considered.

In the past year, UMSL's online programs have also received national attention from publications across the country.

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The rankings come at a time when the university steps up its strategy to increase the number of online course offerings and programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Distance Education at Appalachian State University is for students from all walks of life who share a priority to achieve a highly regarded college education but must balance their life with other responsibilities.

The graduate Information Technology program enrolls 549 students.

One of the unique features of the program is the requirement for each student to go on a faculty-led global trip, which allows students to observe the application of principles learned in their courses in an worldwide business setting.

Virginia Tech has offered online and distance-learning education for two decades.

Jeff Marshall, chair of the college's teaching and learning department, said the recent successes in online programs can be credited to faculty and staff who don't settle for anything less than excellence in content and delivery. The program combines a variety of departments within these colleges, including the Department of Computer Science and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, both in the College of Engineering; and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, the Department of Business Information Technology, and the Department of Management, all in the Pamplin College of Business. The college offers many classes online to maximize accessibility and maintain quality. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida.

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