Online Degrees Rank Among Top 50 Nationally

Eastern Kentucky University ranks among the best nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s recently announced 2015 Best Online Education Program Rankings. EKU is one of only two Kentucky schools to rank in the top 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Online Graduate Education Programs. EKU also ranked in the top 100 for Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

“We are honored by this recognition,” said Tim Matthews, director of the EKU Office of e-Campus Learning. “It is a tribute to the efforts of a lot of exceptional and talented people – faculty, advisors, and instructional designers – who work tirelessly on behalf of our online students to help them fulfill their dreams.”

Nationally, EKU ranked 40th among Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, 47th among Online Graduate Education Programs and 61st among Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

This is the fourth year that U.S. News has ranked online programs and chosen factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time. The factor given the most weight in the methodology was student engagement, which includes the accessibility and responsiveness of instructors and the ability to interact with faculty and classmates.

Reviewers also considered faculty credentials, resources for training instructors on distance learning, diversity of online learning technologies and staff support. Graduate programs were also evaluated on admissions selectivity. More than 1,200 distance education programs were evaluated in eight different categories.

To see the full U.S. News rankings, visit

Consistently recognized among the nation’s best online degree programs, EKU strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success. EKU Online offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degree options in a variety of fields, representing Arts and Sciences, Education, Justice and Safety, and Health Sciences. For more information, visit

Published on January 07, 2015

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