FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) offers one of the best online degree programs in the country, based on U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. According to the U.S. News report released on January 8, IPFW is tied for ninth place among all U.S. regionally-accredited, for-profit, private and public institutions that grant bachelor’s degrees through online programs. The only other Indiana-based university among the highest ranked for online bachelor’s degree programs is Ball State University, which is tied for 28th place. The complete rankings for online degree programs can be found at the magazine's website.
IPFW’s ranking was based on enrollment data from its online Bachelor of Science in General Studies degree during the 2012-2013 academic year, which included 359 students and the offering of 197 unique courses. Since the U.S. News study was conducted in the summer of 2013, IPFW has added two additional online Bachelor of Science degree programs, in Information Systems and RN to BS in Nursing. IPFW also offers an online Master’s Degree in Nursing. The Division of Continuing Studies’ Department of Online Learning provides technical assistance and administrative support to the various academic departments in the delivery of these online degree programs.
”IPFW is honored to receive U.S. News & World Report’s recognition on behalf of the faculty and staff in Continuing Studies’ Online and General Studies programs,” said Deb Conklin, executive director of the Division of Continuing Studies. “For more than 18 years, the campus has developed online courses and services to increase access to higher education for students in our region. Today, IPFW faculty members teach more than 47,000 online credit hours annually while offering three bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree online.”
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information that traces its history back to a weekly newspaper founded in 1933. The organization publishes annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals, and includes various sub-rankings such as the best online bachelor’s degree programs on its website.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings of education programs are based on information provided in statistical questionnaires that were completed by the various qualifying institutions. In the case of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, U.S. News first had to identify those universities that would be offering bachelor’s degree programs through internet-based, distance education courses for the upcoming academic year. U.S. News defines an online or distance education program as “a program for which all the required coursework for program completion is able to be completed via distance education courses that incorporate internet-based learning techniques.” The 2014 rankings were based on information gathered in the summer of 2013.
Fifty percent of each school’s ranking was based on student engagement, which includes best practices, graduation rates, student assessments, class sizes, retention rates and a “time to degree” deadline. The other 50 percent of each school’s ranking was based on faculty credentials and training (25 percent) and student services and technology (25 percent). IPFW earned a score of 91 out of 100 possible points to earn its prestigious ninth-place ranking.
For more information on the rankings, visit the magazine's website. To learn more about the online degree programs available through IPFW, visit the IPFW website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 260-481-6016.