01/14/2020 ASHLAND -- Three of Ashland University’s online programs have been ranked in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2020.
AU’s Master of Business Administration Online Program has been ranked first among Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredited programs in Ohio, second for private online programs in Ohio as well as sixth in Ohio overall among Best Online MBA Programs. It was the 131st ranked program overall nationally among Best Online MBA Programs, while AU’s Online Bachelor’s Programs were rated as the best private online programs in Ohio and the 143rd ranked programs overall nationally among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. In addition, AU’s online Graduate Education Program was ranked as the 152nd best Online Graduate Education Program in the nation.
“AU online programs provide flexible access to educational opportunities for many more students and these are just one additional way that Ashland University puts the focus on the needs of the learner,” said Provost Dr. Amiel Jarstfer. “Each faculty member who invests in students through these top online programs shows an even higher measure of Accent on the Individual. We are very pleased that the excellence of our online programs has been recognized.”
Dr. Elad Granot, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, was pleased that the Online MBA program was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top private program in the state for the second year in a row.
“It has been our mission to deliver world-class education to students, in class and online,” said Granot. “We strive to improve our programs year after year to provide students with the highest quality education. We take pride in our programs and are grateful for the validation provided by U.S. News and World Report of our top-ranked education.”
Dr. Donna Breault, dean of the Schar College of Education, said, “We are thrilled that the rankings are more closely representing what we've known for some time. The M.Ed. programs at Ashland provide personal attention and dynamic opportunities for students to think deeply about their work as educators. Our programs provide the same level of engagement and attentiveness online that they historically provided in our face-to-face programming. This is why so many of our students return for additional endorsements. They value the interactions they have with our faculty.
The Best Online MBA Programs ranking process evaluated schools based solely on data related to their distance education MBA programs. For this ranking, U.S. News assessed MBA programs using five categories --student engagement (30 percent), student excellence (15 percent), expert opinion (25 percent), faculty credentials and training (15 percent), and student services and technology (15 percent).
For the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings, the U.S. News and World Report chose factors that weighed how these programs were being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. For this ranking, U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories -- student engagement (35 percent), student services and technology (25 percent), faculty credentials and training (20 percent), and expert opinion (20 percent).
The Best Online Graduate Education Program rankings evaluated schools based solely on data related to their online graduate education program. For this ranking, U.S. News assessed Graduate Education programs using five categories -- student engagement (30 percent), student services and technologies (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), student excellence (15 percent), and faculty credentials and training (15 percent).
In addition to the online MBA, Bachelor’s and Graduate Education programs, Ashland University offers graduate online programs in Doctorate of Nursing Practice as well as Corporate and Strategic Communications and online bachelor’s degree programs in business, criminal justice, communication studies, multidisciplinary studies, and its RN to BSN program.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###