Online entrepreneurship program named ‘Best Buy’

Western Carolina University’s online bachelor’s degree program in entrepreneurship has received a high national ranking in affordability and “Best Buy” designation from the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.

WCU’s program was ranked No. 2 in affordability following a national survey of 69 regionally accredited higher education institutions that offer 165 business management-related online bachelor’s degrees, said Melissa Eubank, director of information services for GetEducated.com.

The survey showed that the average cost of an online bachelor’s degree in business is about $53,000, with the most expensive program coming in at more than $131,000, Eubank said. The cost of WCU’s program is $19,715 for North Carolina residents.

“WCU’s College of Business is always pleased to see third-party affirmation of our quality and affordability,” said Darrell Parker, dean of the college. “Our bachelor of science in business administration degree in entrepreneurship is an excellent choice for those students seeking an online accredited business degree.”

Earlier this month, WCU was listed among the nation’s best providers of online bachelor’s degree programs in a collection of rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine ranked WCU in 34th place on a list of 205 schools that offer the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.”

WCU’s online bachelor’s program in criminal justice and another online undergraduate program that allows registered nurses to enhance their educations by earning bachelor’s degrees in nursing, known as the RN to BSN, have previously received high national rankings and have been listed as “Best Buys” by GetEducated.com. Online master’s programs that have received those distinctions are project management, human resources, nurse educator, nurse administration and health sciences.

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.