U of A ranks 11th nationwide in Newsweek’s first online student survey
The U of A ranked 11th in the country and received five stars in News weekthe inaugural ranking based on a survey of colleges and universities that offer online degree programs.
News week and Statista, a market and consumer data company, ranked 150 colleges and universities for 2022 after polling students who studied online for college degrees. The rankings also took into account other publicly available institutional indicators, including enrollment, statistics on graduation, and research activities.
The U of A ranked higher than 139 other institutions, including Arizona State University, University of Florida, University of Alabama, and Southern New Hampshire University.
Online learners surveyed rated their colleges and universities by rating their overall experience, overall satisfaction, and how well they would recommend their institutions, using the methodology shown on News week ”s website.
âThe University of Arkansas is committed to ensuring the success of its students, whether they study on campus or online,â said Cheryl Murphy, vice president, distance education. âWe are delighted that our online students gave U of A high marks in this survey. We know this because 70 percent of News week ”The ranking criteria were based on the opinions of the students. Their opinions indicate that students appreciate the U of A’s dedication to academic excellence and quality student support.
The U of A offers more than 70 online diploma, certificate and licensure programs, which are featured on the U of A ONLINE website. These include bachelor’s, master’s, honors and doctoral programs from six university colleges: the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; the Sam M. Walton College of Business; the College of Education and Health Professions; the College of Engineering; and the law school.
DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, also known as IPEDS, does not separate online learning from distance learning, which is defined as education that uses technology to deliver instruction to students. students separated from the instructor, according to a blog from the National Center for Educational Statistics. .
In public higher education, around 96% of all four-year institutions offered either distance education courses or degree programs in the 2018-2019 academic year, the latest data available. This compares to 74% of private four-year nonprofits and 71% of private four-year for-profit institutions.
In the same academic year, more than 7.3 million higher education students – or about 37% of all students – took distance education courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
ONE SURVEY, TWO RANKING LISTS
In partnership with News week, Statista surveyed more than 9,000 online learners between July 26 and September 13, according to News weekthe online article from. Respondents listed their institutions and rated them. Analysts transformed these institutional ratings and indicators into score values ââand aggregated them to obtain final scores.
Survey participants rated their experience, satisfaction, and how well they would recommend their establishments with score weights of 40 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively, depending on the methodology. Institutional indicators accounted for the remaining 30 percent of the score weight.
Researchers gathered institutional indicators from public sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecond Education Data System, and the National Science Foundation.
Statista divided the results into two ranking groups, depending on the type of institution. The first group, “America’s Top Online Colleges,” ranked 150 colleges and universities, including the U of A, that offer both online and hybrid degree programs. Hybrid programs use both online and in-person learning environments. The second group, âAmerica’s Best Online Learning Providers,â includes 32 institutions that are not colleges or universities.
Institutions with a final score above the median of the 150 institutions received a five-star score.
About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $ 2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world on Arkansas Research News.