NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online degree programs were included in the 2013 edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Northwestern State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked 57th and the online graduate program in education was also ranked. This is the second year for U.S. News ranking of online programs and the first year for numeric rankings for degree programs.
The university’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked 31st in the country in student engagement and assessment and 46th in student service and technology. Northwestern State’s graduate programs were ranked 51st in student engagement and accreditation and 75th in student services and technology.
“Northwestern State has sought a leadership role in the delivery of online education for the past decade. These rankings show the university is committed to providing quality academic programs using the latest technology in course delivery,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
The rankings in student services and technology evaluate the way programs allow students to participate in online classes and how faculty assesses classwork.
NSU was the only Louisiana university ranked for its online bachelor’s programs. Northwestern State was the only Louisiana university to receive rankings in student engagement and assessment on the bachelor’s level and a graduate ranking in student services and technology. NSU was the highest ranked university in the state for student service and technology on the bachelor’s level and graduate student engagement and accreditation.
“Northwestern State strives to provide quality programs and services for students,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, research and economic development. “It’s wonderful to receive this type of recognition that can only be attributed to the exceptional faculty and staff who work with our students every day.”
Online bachelor’s degree programs in education as well as graduate online degree programs in business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology were ranked.
The rankings for degree programs are based on criteria including student engagement, faculty credentials and training and student services and technology.
Thirty-two degree programs at Northwestern State are available online. Information on electronic classes at NSU is available at ensu.nsula.edu.