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Explaining Oregon State’s #4 ranking for online bachelor’s degrees

What does the recognition from U.S. News & World Report mean for students?

By Tyler Hansen
Feb. 5, 2021

When you graduate from Oregon State University, your diploma won’t say anything about OSU Ecampus being ranked in the top 10 for online education by U.S. News & World Report year after year.

So why do we make such a big deal about it? And what does the ranking even mean?

These are good and valid questions. Pursuing rankings is never a priority for us at Oregon State Ecampus. Our main concerns are 1) supporting students on their way to graduation and 2) helping equip OSU faculty with the tools needed to teach effectively online.

The reason we celebrate our high rankings from U.S. News is because they signify that we are succeeding at both numbers 1 and 2 above.

In the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs list for 2021, Oregon State ranks No. 4 overall. Four factors go into that ranking.

Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s best in terms of faculty credentials and training. This takes into account the fact that OSU’s online bachelor’s programs are developed and taught by the same OSU faculty who teach on campus.

And it recognizes universities who can effectively train and prepare faculty to teach online. That is one of our core strengths at Ecampus. Our faculty development program has won national awards for excellence, and the Oregon State instructors who teach courses online are the best at what they do.

Ecampus also ranks highly in the expert opinion category, which means that other academic institutions consider Oregon State to be one of the most respected leaders in online education nationally. It also indicates that employers may value degrees that are earned from programs that academic experts respect.

In the engagement category, U.S. News examines how well programs promote participation in online courses among students and faculty. Oregon State online bachelor’s programs feature innovative solutions that make it possible for students to have collaborative learning experiences no matter where you live.

The services and technologies category evaluates how programs incorporate diverse online learning technologies, as well as support systems related to learning, career guidance and financial aid resources.

We’re proud that Oregon State Ecampus is recognized as a model for excellence in online education. But here’s the thing about having a prestigious national reputation: Once you earn it, you have to prove every day that you deserve it.

To your students. To your colleagues. To everyone.

And so back to work we go. Because actions speak louder than awards.

 


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