WCU listed among nation’s best providers of online bachelor’s degree programs

Jan 13, 2014

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University is listed among the nation’s best providers of online bachelor’s degree programs in a collection of rankings released Wednesday (Jan. 8) by U.S. News & World Report.

In its examination of undergraduate and graduate online programs offered by higher education institutions across the country, the magazine put WCU in 34th place among 205 schools in a category titled “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.” No other North Carolina college or university ranked higher on the list.

The magazine’s rankings of bachelor’s programs were computed according to four factors: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.

“We are pleased with this recognition for our online bachelor’s programs,” said Susan Fouts, interim director of the university’s Division of Educational Outreach. “This high ranking is a tribute to the quality of instruction provided by our faculty and the support of the various departments on campus to make the experience both valuable and enjoyable for our students.”

WCU also made the rankings of the “Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” coming in at 82nd place on a list of 169 schools.

WCU offers online bachelor’s degree programs in birth-kindergarten education, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, emergency medical care, engineering technology and entrepreneurship, plus a program allowing registered nurses to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a minor in business law.

Master’s degree programs provided online by the university are construction management, entrepreneurship, health sciences, human resources, special education, nurse educator, nurse administration, project management and school administration.

WCU also offers a number of other online certificate programs and courses.

Information about the university’s online programs is available at the website distance.wcu.edu or by calling the Office of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397.