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UPCEA Congratulates Members Recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

All Top 10-ranked institutions are members of UPCEA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2020) — UPCEA, the association for college and university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, is pleased to congratulate the many UPCEA members recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

U.S. News rankings include more than 1,600 online programs, covering bachelor’s and graduate programs across a variety of fields. The U.S. News rankings focus on online programs, using information provided by participating institutions. Factors included in the ranking methodologies include student services and technology, student engagement, and faculty credentials and training.

“UPCEA members sit at the forefront of online learning and continue to be recognized for their leadership and innovation,” said Julie Uranis, Vice President of Online and Strategic Initiatives for UPCEA.“Many leaders from these same institutions are also sharing their knowledge and lessons learned at the 2020 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration next month in New Orleans. Our members are not only leading successful online enterprises but they are also contributing to our community” 

“The Ohio State University faculty and staff have worked hard to provide opportunities and access to a meaningful and affordable college education that’s supporting the workforce needs in Ohio and beyond,” said Robert Griffiths, Associate Vice President of Distance Education at The Ohio State University. “We are honored that our efforts have been recognized by our peers and in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.”

All ten of this year’s top ten ranked institutions are members of UPCEA:

1 – The Ohio State University

2 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

3 – University of Illinois at Chicago

4 – University of Florida

5 – Oregon State University Extended Campus

6 – Arizona State University

7 – University of Oklahoma

8 – Penn State University

8 – Loyola University of Chicago

8 – University of North Carolina Wilmington

“We at the University of Florida are pleased to be recognized as one of the top-ranked institutions offering online bachelor’s programs,” said Evangeline Cummings, Assistant Provost and Director of UF Online at University of Florida. “Best of all, we get to celebrate this new ranking as One UF. Without a true campus-wide commitment across 10 UF colleges all offering bachelor’s degrees online this would not have been possible. I’m also impressed by the sheer number of ranked schools this year – it’s wonderful to see so many institutions providing online bachelor’s pathways for students.”

Congratulations to all of the UPCEA members recognized in this year’s rankings. Click here to see those featured in the top 100 institutions.

“UPCEA member institutions continue to raise the bar in what is already the most dynamic and innovative sector of higher education,” said Bob Hansen, CEO of UPCEA. “I’m proud to see so many of them receive this well-deserved recognition by U.S. News & World Report.”

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