Wednesday, January 07, 2015

U.S. News & World Report ranks UIS online programs among the top 20 best in the nation

The University of Illinois Springfield’s online programs are among the top 20 best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The 2015 Best Online Programs Rankings were released on January 7, 2015.

UIS received a top 20 ranking for all undergraduate degree programs and a ranking of 17 for the online Management Information Systems graduate business program. The online Teacher Leadership program was also ranked among the top 100 graduate education programs nationally.

“It’s great to see UIS Online program recognized as among the top 20 in the country,” said Ray Schroeder, UIS Vice Chancellor for Online Learning. “With some 1,700 online students located across the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries, we are proud to offer access online to many of the high quality programs that are based on our Springfield campus.”

U.S. News & World Report looked at best practices and factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology in determining the rankings.

UIS offers over 400 high quality online courses for students across the nation and around the world each semester. Online Program Coordinators provide ongoing support to students throughout their academic programs. This support allows faculty and students to focus on engagement, interaction, and success in teaching and learning.

“The faculty and staff at UIS are proud that their work has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report,” said Vickie Cook, director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. “UIS recognizes that teaching is the heart of our work and supports the faculty work in providing high quality academic programs.”

UIS offers eight undergraduate degrees online in Business Administration, Computer Science, English, History, Liberal Studies, Management Information System, Mathematics, and Philosophy. Online master’s degrees are offered in Computer Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Human Services Administration, Liberal and Integrative Studies, Legal Studies, Management Information Systems, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Health, and Teacher Leadership.

UIS is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs.

View the U.S. News & World Report rankings online at For more information, contact Ray Schroeder at 217/206-7531 or email

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