U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, earlier in 2015 released the 2015 Best Online Programs.
The U.S. News Best Online Programs, now in their fourth year, are a resource for students and working adults who are increasingly enrolling in distance education programs to complete their degrees or gain essential academic credentials to advance in their careers, according to a news release. The rankings include online master’s degrees in nursing.
According to the U.S. News & World Report website, it ranked online graduate nursing programs based on five general categories: student engagement (30%); faculty credentials and training (25%); peer reputation (20%); student services and technology (15%); and Admissions selectivity (10%).
After the online graduate nursing programs were rated, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., was ranked No. 1, St. Xavier University in Chicago was ranked No. 2 while Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and University of South Carolina in Columbia were tied at No. 3.
“There are now hundreds of online programs out there for students to choose from, but students have few resources to turn to for unbiased information on distance learning,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. ”Much like we’ve done with Best Colleges, we’re collecting and analyzing data to help students answer their questions and identify programs that support their education and career goals.”
The 2015 rankings evaluate information and data from more than 1,200 distance education degree programs, up more than 20% from the previous year. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominantly online were considered. The methodologies incorporate a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology.
For the full list, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing/rankings.