FROSTBURG, Md. — Four of Frostburg State University’s online degree programs appear in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, which were released Jan. 9.
FSU’s ranked programs appear on the organization’s lists for master of business administration, graduate nursing, graduate business, graduate education, and bachelor’s. FSU’s only online bachelor’s degree is the bachelor of science in nursing program. The online education degree is the master of education, special education concentration, which is also offered in an in-person format. The graduate nursing degree is the master of science in nursing.
The online graduate programs were ranked on factors of student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student service and technology. The bachelor’s program did not include the admissions selectivity metric.
The greatest weight is given to the metric of student engagement, in which online students have the opportunity to interact readily with instructors and classmates to create a similar level of engagement as in in-person programs.
“I offer my congratulations to our faculty for their ongoing efforts to make online classes relevant and engaging to students, which they endeavor to do regardless of how the class is being delivered. These highly qualified individuals are a tremendous asset to Frostburg State University,” FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk said in a news release. “We are especially pleased to receive this recognition, which demonstrates FSU’s commitment to providing a quality learning environment for working adults.”
In the MBA ranking list in particular, FSU’s Faculty Credentials and Training score was 90 out of 100 possible points.
Accreditation from AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), in the case of the MBA program, or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, in the case of the M.Ed.-Special Education, were key elements in the student engagement metric as recognition that the programs use best practices in their educational programs. FSU has achieved AACSB and NCATE accreditation.
U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 1,500 online degree programs to produce these rankings. To review the FSU rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education/
For more information about graduate programs at FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu/academics/graduate-study-at-fsu.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the online BSN, visit www.frostburg.edu/academics/majorminors/bachelor/rn-to-bsn-program-frostburg-state-university.php.