WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 10, 2012) - Brandman University’s online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program was one of fourteen named to the Honor Roll in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S.News & World Report. Brandman University is the only institution in California to receive this distinction. In addition, Brandman’s School of Education earned the number ten spot among Faculty Credentials and Training for online graduate programs in Education.
Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and computer information technology were ranked. These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.
“U.S.News & World Report’s decision to include online programs in their rankings finally allows students the opportunity for an objective way to measure the quality of a program. These results represent the diligent efforts by the School of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education and all of our Advising and One Stop staff who are dedicated to giving online students the same level of support as we provide to our on-campus students,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor, Brandman University.
While U.S. News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online. The online master’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: teaching practices and student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.
There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year. Instead, U.S. News created non-numeric honor roll lists of online programs. Brandman’s online MBA program along with just 13 others at the Master’s level that made the Honor Roll are those that placed in the top third of at least three out of four of their category rankings. Each list includes programs that performed well across a series of numeric indicator rankings.
“Making the Honor Roll, combined with our Premier Partnership MBA scholarship program, positions Brandman as the next generation of what working professionals are seeking across the array of MBA educational opportunities. We are focused on delivering an innovative curriculum that is flexible and convenient to meet the needs of busy adults and we’re pleased that our efforts have received national recognition,” noted Glenn Worthington, Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies.
Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.
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