Once again Old Dominion University in has proved itself as a major leader in online education programs. AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently ranked Old Dominion the number one four-year accredited online college in Virginia.
“Going back to the early 1990s, Old Dominion University was a pioneer in distance learning and serving the educational needs of communities across Virginia. So it’s no surprise that the university remains a leader in online education today,” Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick said. “We’re proud to lead Virginia, and the nation, in excellent and affordable online learning.”
AC Online, and national and regional accrediting bodies, based the rankings on two core elements–quality and cost. The rankings were supported by data sources including the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Carnegie Classifications and Payscale.com.
“Offering students great online programs is only half the battle,” said Schuessler. “The colleges on our list offer students quality, flexibility and affordability.”
Old Dominion University, with an enrollment of 21,958, offers over 60 online degree and certification programs in a multitude of disciplines with tuition and fees averaging $6,566 a semester.
The Mace & Crown reported in October an annual review by GetEducated.com recognizing four of these programs with a “Best Buy” ranking. Over 3800 accredited online degree programs were reviewed to compile a list of 36 programs in each discipline. Three undergraduate degree programs and one graduate program from ODU made the list.
The Masters of Science in Nursing program ranked 13th nationally with almost 200 students enrolled in the program and an estimated cost of $14,148, compared to a national average cost to the student of $22,130.
The Bachelors of Science in Nursing program, with an average student cost of $32,760 compared to the national average of $44, 311, earned a ranking of 9th in the nation. More than 250 Registered Nurses are currently pursuing post-licensure bachelor’s degrees through the online program.
The Bachelors of Science in Psychology program, at a cost to the student of $32,760, compares to a national average cost to the student of $45,548. Launched in spring of 2011, the program now offers 18 courses online, and 15% of ODU Psychology majors seek their degree fully online. Get Educated ranked the program 18th nationwide.
The Bachelors of Science in Human Services program, with a total cost to the student of $32, 760 versus a national average of $45,548, tied for the 18th place ranking. Since its start in the spring of 2011, the Human Services degree program has grown to include an enrollment of 396 majors and 204 minors.
Incidentally, AC Online recognized Norfolk State University the second best institution in Virginia for online programs.
See the rankings of Online Colleges in Virginia
by Derek Allen Page & Amanda Kirk
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