Friday, January 9, 2009

Ranking Online Education Programs

Are you considering earning a degree online? Or maybe you just want to use the web to gain some extra course credits? Well, before you shell out any money, there is a lot you need to know about choosing the right “virtual” school. Thankfully, the Online Education Database (OED) has made this challenge a bit easier. The site recently released a ranked list of the top online institutions to help students make smarter choices.

All of the forty-four schools on the OED’s list are accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The OED’s ranking system was based on eight indicators: acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio, retention rate, graduation rate, peer Web citations, financial aid, scholarly citations, and years accredited. You can even search for schools based on just a single one of these factors.

So, which schools were at the top of the OED’s list? Well, ranked first overall was Nova Southwestern University. Followed by Regent University and Chaplain College. Then, there were winners in each specific category. For example, ITT Technical Institute is the toughest school to get into while Everglades University tied four other schools for most financial aid offered.

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