Auburn University programs named to U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural Top Online Education Program Honor Roll

AUBURN – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering were named honor roll programs in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever Top Online Education Program rankings.

Those named to the honor roll ranked in the top third among their peers in four categories; there were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this year.

Online graduate degree programs were ranked based on student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student engagement, and admissions selectivity. Programs named to the honor roll placed in the top third of at least three of the four category rankings.

Online graduate programs in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering earned a number one ranking in admissions selectivity and a number five ranking in the student services and technology category. The college’s programs were listed as 14th in the faculty credentials and training and teaching practices and student engagement categories.

“Auburn Engineering has been delivering distance graduate degrees for more than 25 years,” said Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “We have worked hard to ensure that the education our distance students receive mirrors that of our on-campus students. This includes a leading-edge delivery system that enhances the experience for students and professors alike. These rankings confirm what we know – Auburn has one of the best engineering graduate distance degree programs in the nation.”

Online graduate programs in the College of Education ranked highest in the teaching practices and student engagement category, coming in fifth, and were ranked 12th in the student services and technology and faculty credentials and training categories. The college’s programs were listed 17th in admissions selectivity.

“In looking through the data provided to us by U.S. News and World Report, one item in particular stood out to me. While the honor roll does not rank the institutions, our college did have the fifth-best score in the category of teaching practices and student engagement,” said Betty Lou Whitford, dean of the College of Education. “We’re quite proud of this since both components are at the core of what we do. We pride ourselves on our ability to prepare our graduates for an ever-changing and increasingly technology-driven world.”

While not being named to the honor roll, Auburn’s College of Business’ online graduate programs earned a high ranking in the admissions selectivity category, coming in at number six.

In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs had to offer at least 80 percent of their course content online. U.S. News established one honor roll for each online master’s degree program in education, engineering, business and nursing.

For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, go to http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

Contact: Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (nelsoc4@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)