January 15, 2019
U.S. News & World Report has released its latest rankings of Best Online Programs, and Franklin Pierce University is recognized among Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees and Best Online MBA Programs in 2019.
The new edition marks U.S. News' largest rankings of online degree-granting programs to date, including 1,545 programs. These include online bachelor's degrees for working adults, and the following master's level disciplines: online MBA and other business degrees, engineering, computer information technology, nursing, criminal justice and education.
U.S. News conducts comprehensive assessments of online programs for distance learners. The highest-ranked programs are those that perform well on traditional academic merits – such as graduating students within a few years and employing instructors with terminal degrees – while also successfully adapting their courses and student services for remote learners.
Adult learners typically value affordable degrees that offer flexible schedules, can be completed in reasonable time, have strong academic foundations and help advance their careers. Distance learners attend online lectures, study from home and interact virtually with professors and classmates, often while managing a busy schedule at work and with families.
U.S. News evaluated several factors to rank the best online bachelor's degree programs, including graduation rates, faculty credentials and support services available remotely. Online MBAs are evaluated based on factors such as admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions, academic and career support services, student engagement, faculty credentials and training. Franklin Pierce University is ranked #189 of 367 Online Bachelor’s Degrees, and #168 of 302 Online MBA Programs.
“It is extremely gratifying to see Franklin Pierce among America’s best institutions in this prestigious national ranking,” Provost James W. DuMond, Jr. said. “We are thrilled that our University’s academic programs are recognized not only by their outcome data but also by other peer institutions. This recognition serves to assure prospective and current students, as well as their parents, that Franklin Pierce is among the top-quality institutions of higher learning.”
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