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UWS One of Nation's Best in Online Education, Survey Says

Updated: 01/08/2014 12:05 PM
Created: 01/08/2014 10:26 AM WDIO.com

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is among the nation's best, when it comes to educating students online.

The university said it came in ninth place for online bachelor's programs in the country in the U.S. News and World Report Best Online Education Program Rankings for 2014. They said they also placed on top in the UW system.

"We are so pleased to receive this designation," UWS Chancellor Renée Wachter said in a news release. "It recognizes the high quality of our academic programs and faculty as well as the services we provide to help students be successful."

Schools were ranked according to student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology, the university said. They said 551, or 19 percent, of UWS students are seeking online degrees, but hope to double that number in the next six years.

UWS said their their distance program, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, is one of the oldest in the state and the first to offer self-placed independent learning leading to a degree. They said the program went online in 1999.

The university said it offers six bachelor degree options for online learners:

  • Communicating Arts
  • Elementary Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Health and Wellness Management
  • Interdisciplinary Studies/Individually Designed
  • Sustainable Management

They said an online Master's Degree in Sustainable Management - the first in the country - was introduced in 2013.

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