Online bachelor’s programs are deemed nation’s best in 2018 issue
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University’s online bachelor’s programs are America’s best, according to the 2018 rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the university’s online graduate nursing program is ranked No. 2.
The rankings include public and private colleges and universities with degree-granting programs offering online classes needed to complete the degree. Categories include bachelor’s programs and graduate programs in business, information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering and nursing.
Most undergraduate programs assessed by U.S. News are degree completion programs, and so few, if any, new students are first-time, first-year students. Consequently, indicators like standardized test scores and high school class rankings that are used by the publication to rank brick-and-mortar colleges are not used to rank online programs. Instead, programs are rated on graduate indebtedness, course delivery and academic and career support made available to students remotely.
Ohio State’s rankings are:
- No. 1, best online bachelor’s programs (out of 357 programs)
- No. 2, best online nursing program (out of 159 programs)
- No. 23 (tie), best online engineering programs (out of 93 programs)
- No. 157 (tie), best education programs (out of 309 programs)
“Over the course of the last five years, we have been focused on not just growing our online portfolio, but doing so with a commitment to engaging, high-quality learning,” said Mike Hofherr, vice president and chief information officer. “Seeing the hard work of our faculty and staff recognized with these rankings is extremely gratifying. We look forward to continuing to expand our offerings and connect with students across the country.”
“We are incredibly proud to have our exceptional online programs ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and to be the No. 1 ranked public College of Nursing on this year’s list,” said Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer for Ohio State.
“This recognitiondemonstrates that our world-class, caring faculty provide students with outstanding education, support and evidence-based curricula online, just as they do for our students on campus. We provide our students with terrific mentorship and the inspiration to dream, deliver and discover transformative change in health care locally to globally, while instilling the confidence and evidence-based practice skills they need to lead, improve patients’ lives, and enhance their health and wellness outcomes.”
Ohio State’s 19 online programs are available to students living in most states. Degrees available include: the RN to BSN, MS in nursing, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP), the master of health care innovation (MHI), BS in health sciences, BS and MS in dental hygiene, master of plant health management (MPHM), master of applied clinical and preclinical research (MACPR), master of art education, MA in bioethics, MA in art education, MS in pharmacology, specialized master in business analytics (SMB-A), master of global engineering leadership, master of learning technologies, MS in agricultural and extension education, MS in welding engineering, master of social work (MSW) and associate of arts in early childhood development and education.