ASU ranks in top 10 for online education


January 8, 2014

ASU among best schools in US to get online degree

Recognized as one of the top major public research universities in the country, Arizona State University is now among the best in the nation for online education, according to rankings released Jan. 8 by U.S. News & World Report. students studying outside on computer Download Full Image

ASU is tied for ninth place for undergraduate online programs in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings among public and private universities.

Having advanced from last year's No. 40 ranking for undergraduate online programs, ASU is now the only Pac-12 school to rank in the top 10. 

“Today’s rapidly changing world requires innovative approaches to education,” says Phil Regier, dean and executive vice provost of ASU Online. “ASU offers an impressive online platform that delivers high-quality, rigorous curriculum taught by world-class faculty. Our goal is to ensure that anyone who is motivated to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but needs an adaptable and flexible format, has the opportunity to achieve his or her educational and career goals.”

Every program delivered online at ASU is developed by the same faculty who teach at the university’s campuses and is designed to engage students and professors in meaningful ways.

ASU students who learn online connect with the full university experience: interaction with internationally recognized faculty, access to collections from ASU’s eight award-winning libraries, an alumni network tens of thousands of members strong and membership in a community of thousands of students pursuing their degrees.

ASU Online currently offers more than 40 undergraduate programs entirely online. “It is an honor to be recognized for these efforts by U.S. News & World Report,” Regier says.

Individual ASU programs recognized for online excellence in the rankings include:

• The W. P. Carey School of Business, named second in the nation for best online graduate business programs

• The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ranked 11th in the nation for best online graduate engineering programs

• The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, rated 25th for online graduate education programs

• The College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranked 52nd for best online graduate nursing programs

The full list may be viewed here.

U.S. News & World Report bachelor’s programs rankings were based on these criteria:

• Student engagement, including participation in courses that allow students opportunities to readily interact with instructors and fellow classmates

• Faculty credentials and training

• Peer reputation that includes industry opinions that account for intangible factors on program quality that is not captured by statistics

• Student services and technology, including diverse online learning technologies that allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance, as well as a strong support structure outside of classes for learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.

ASU online graduate education program ranks 25th in nation


January 8, 2014

Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College jumped from the top 50 to the top 25 of the nation’s best online graduate education programs in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The “Best Online Graduate Education Program Rankings” showed Teachers College’s six online graduate programs ranking 25th nationally among a total of 226 public and private universities assigned a numerical rank and score. Additionally, ASU had the top-ranked online graduate education program in Arizona and among Pac-12 schools. Download Full Image

Teachers College offers ASU graduate students the following online master’s programs:

• Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis

• Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders

• Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education

• Master of Arts – Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language (ESL)

• Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction: Gifted Education

• Master of Education – Educational Leadership

According to U.S. News, for the first time, its 2014 rankings incorporated ratings of online graduate education programs by peer institutions: “Industry opinion accounts for intangible factors on program quality not captured by statistics,” the report noted. “Also, degrees with strong perceptions of quality among academics may be held in higher regard among employers.”

Mari Koerner, dean of ASU’s Teachers College, said changes in how U.S. News arrived at its 2014 findings made her school’s leap forward 24 positions in the list of ranked colleges all the more meaningful. The online graduate education programs this year were ranked on student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.

“The expanding reach of our online programs is boosting our efforts to raise the bar for teaching, research and innovation,” she explained. “But perhaps most gratifying in this report is being recognized by our peer institutions for contributions to the education field that benefit us all.”

Last year, Teachers College ranked 49th among 190 public and private universities included in the rankings of best online graduate education programs by U.S. News.