Monday, July 18, 2011

UIS ranked fourth on list of Top 10 national Online BBA Degree Programs

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program has been ranked fourth on a national list of the Top 10 Online Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Programs of 2011.

The ranking was conducted by the website The Best Colleges, which uses publicly available data to evaluate programs according to several different criteria, including reputation, accreditation, student satisfaction, and cost. The ranking can be found on the company's website.

In ranking the UIS BBA, the website called the program “An inexpensive AACSB accredited program from one of America’s best public colleges and an award winning leader in online education.”

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition. We work hard to offer a high quality academic program that includes the personalized attention students need to achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Laurel Newman, director of the program. “We’ve had a number of success stories from our graduates including career promotions, admission into well regarded graduate programs and even law school.”

The online BBA degree completion program is administered by the UIS College of Business and Management and is identical to the school’s on-campus BBA in every way, except the admissions process. Students must have at least 54 credit hours of prior coursework from an accredited college or university in order to enroll.

“UIS online courses really worked for me. The flexible schedule allowed me to care for my mom while she was sick and deal with a move due to my husband’s job change,” said Dianne Dunn, a UIS student who graduated this past spring. “I found the course work to be interesting and challenging. The overall experience was great.”

UIS beat out several big names in online education to earn the fourth spot on the list, including the University of Minnesota at Crookston, California State University-East Bay, and Drexel University Online. The list was topped by Florida International University, second ranked UMassOnline, and third ranked Penn State World Campus.

According to its websites, The Best Colleges prides itself on “providing independent evaluations of traditional and online colleges and degree programs” and seeks “to highlight those schools that offer a quality, reputable education at a reasonable cost.” The website strives to be open and transparent about data collection methods so students can make their own judgments. The website does not accept paid placements for school rankings.

For more information on the ranking, contact Dr. Laurel Newman at 217/206-7931 or email newman.laurel@uis.edu.

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