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SJU Online Programs Ranked in Top 100 by "U.S. News & World Report"

Friday, January 29, 2016

The University’s commitment to online learning has been recognized once again by the editors of U.S. News & World Report, who have ranked St. John’s graduate business, graduate education, and undergraduate online programs in the top 100 nationwide in their respective categories.

The publication’s listing of the 2016 Best Online Programs was released on January 12. U.S. News evaluated more than 1,200 distance-learning degree programs, taking into account faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity, peer recognition, student services and technology, and student participation. The magazine issues the list annually.

St. John’s also has earned acclaim for online programs for veterans. Last June, U.S. News ranked three of the University’s offerings among the nation’s top-50 for students who have served in the military—Best Online Bachelor’s ProgramsBest Online Graduate Education Programs, and Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

“The rankings reflect our ongoing institutional commitment to offering high quality, academically rigorous online programs on par with our campus-based offerings,” observed Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Digital Learning. “The fact that these three online programs are once again ranked by U.S. News this year is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff who teach in and support these programs.”

The University’s graduate education program rose to 11th place, up from 47th last year. “We are proud to have our college represented within the top 20 online programs,” said Michael Sampson, Ph.D., Dean, The School of Education. “It is due to the hard work of our faculty, adjuncts, and staff, who require the same quality and rigor for our online programs as our traditional programs.”

Ciabocchi agreed, attributing the high ranking “to the experience and qualifications of our faculty, and the degree to which they promote student engagement in the online teaching and learning environment.”

Ciabocchi leads the University’s online learning and services team, which focuses on providing guidance and support to faculty in the design and development of hybrid and online courses and programs, as well as professional development in online teaching and learning

“We continue to develop new resources and services for our online program students,” she noted, “including new online student orientation, web-based video tutorials, and coordinated services across other departments that support our students.”