Auburn University programs rank high in US News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Programs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Business are listed in the top 10 of the just released U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Programs rankings.

Auburn’s College of Education ranked second among online graduate education programs, with high scores in student engagement and faculty credentials and training.

“We’re delighted that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the excellence of our students, as well as our faculty’s commitment to providing quality instruction and keeping pace with ever-changing technological tools,” said Betty Lou Whitford, dean of the College of Education and Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor. “We pride ourselves on bringing out the best in our students, whether they happen to join us on campus or online. Those who choose the latter option due to family or career obligations will find that they will be engaged, challenged and well prepared by our faculty.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked sixth among online graduate engineering programs. The graduate computer information technology program, housed in Computer Science and Software Engineering, was ranked seventh among online graduate computer information technology programs.

“Auburn Engineering is well known for providing one of the nation’s top engineering graduate distance degree programs,” said Chris Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “These rankings confirm that our program offers strong graduate instruction with a leading-edge delivery system that ensures our distance students receive an experience comparable to that of their on-campus peers. Our online graduate programs are vital to our overall educational mission, and we are proud to take our place among the finest programs in the country.”

The College of Business ranked seventh among online graduate business programs.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a leading, quality provider of distance graduate business education,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean of the College of Business. “For our college, the online strategy has been a mainstay since the late 1990s. Yet, our faculty and staff continue to push the distance envelope to deliver an innovative and quality education.”

Online graduate degree programs were ranked based on student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and admissions selectivity. Academic peer reputation was included in the calculations for engineering and business programs. Programs offering courses that are 100 percent online – the federal government standard for qualifying as distance learning programs – were considered for the rankings. U.S. News established rankings for each online master’s degree program in education, engineering, business, nursing and computer information technology.

The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Education Program rankings are available online at

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

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