Top institutes offering online bachelor's courses in the US

Published On: 09 Aug 2012

 | Last Updated On: 09 Aug 2012

The US news recently published a list of top ranked institutes that offer top-class online bachelor’s degree programs. Out of 961 institutions, that responded to the survey invites, only 194 of them, offered online learning programs. Rankings were given on the basis of student engagement and assessment, student services and technology and faculty credentials and training. A certain list of information was requested to be furnished by the institutes where some of the major questions asked were regarding the interaction level, length of the program and if at least 80% of the content was accessible to the students enrolling for a course.

The standards for the study varied on the basis on which the institutes were ranked. Tools like weekly office hours, instructor response timings and student login track records kept by the faculty was used to rank the colleges that served best student engagement and assessment facilities. While career placement, smartphone apps and the likes were used as standards to rank institutes on the basis of student services and technology, faculty credentials and training rankings were based invariably on experience in online teaching, requirement of online teaching training and training finances.

Mentioned below are the top five institutes under each ranking criteria:

Student Engagement and assessment

College name

Ranking

Instructor response timing

(Hours)

Instructor office hours

(weekly)

Student login track-faculty

Bellevue University

1

48

10

Yes

Newberry College

2

24

10

Yes

Troy University

3

24

10

Yes

University of the Incarnate Word

4

24

5

Yes

University of Phoenix

5

24

0

Yes

 Student services and technology

College name

Ranking

Career placement

Live tutoring

Smartphone app

Live streaming

Arizona State University

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sam Houston State University

2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Florida International University

3

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

University Of North Dakota

4

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Troy university

5

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Faculty credentials and training

 

 

 

College name

 

 

 

Ranking

 

 

Online teaching faculty experience

 

 

School finances online instructor training

 

Online instruction training required to teach

Westfield State University

1

81%

Yes

Yes

United states sports academy

2

100%

Yes

Yes

St. Mary’s college of California

3

82%

Yes

Yes

Pace University

4

70%

Yes

Yes

Sam Houston State University

5

94%

Yes

Yes

Source:  The US News

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