JBU tagged by U.S. News for top 100 online program

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John Brown University report its online bachelor program has been named one of the top 100 programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine released the “2014 Best Online Program” rankings on Wednesday, Jan. 8.  More than 1,000 online programs were considered for ranking, according to the report. John Brown University tied with two other universities at No. 77.

“From the very beginning of our online programs, our goal was to bring the quality of JBU’s traditional classroom experience to the digital realm,” said Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs. “This endorsement from U.S. News putting us in the top 10% of online programs nationally speaks to the quality education our online students receive.”

Several factors are incorporated into the U.S. News ranking, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology.

“We hear a lot of feedback from our online students about the rigor of our online classes, which they appreciate,” said Susan DeWoody, dean of degree completion and non-traditional programs. “More importantly, our students value the responsiveness of our faculty and the integration of faith into our classes, which is the same for online students as in our physical classrooms.”

JBU offers online bachelor’s degrees in business administration and liberal arts through its degree completion program. JBU offers five online graduate degree programs: MBA in Leadership and Ethics; MBA in International Business; MBA in Global Continuous Improvement; Master’s in Leadership and Ethics; and Master’s in Higher Education Leadership.