Among Washington’s public universities, Washington State University has made a significant effort to build a program of online degrees for students who can’t come to campus for classes.
The results of that work showed this week when WSU was one of just a few Washington universities that made it on a list of the best online degree programs, published by U.S. News & World Report.
WSU’s online bachelor’s program was ranked 20th in the country. It also ranked 21st for its online MBA program, and 29th for its online graduate engineering program.
The University of Washington’s graduate engineering program was 26th, and its graduate education program ranked 162nd.
Central Washington University’s bachelor’s program came in 194th, and its graduate education program was 168th.
City University of Seattle, a nonprofit university, came in 27th for its bachelor’s program. It also ranked 67th for its graduate business program, 154th for its graduate education program and 117th for its MBA program.
The magazine said it used factors that “weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.” The ranking took into account student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student services and technology.
The full report is here.