Online programs ranked among tops nationally

Western Carolina University’s online academic programs have been named among the best in the nation by the website “Guide to Online Schools” following a review of the distance education offerings at more than 200 colleges.

WCU is included at No. 21 in a list of the nation’s top 25 “online colleges.” The “Guide to Online Schools” is the flagship website of the educational services company SR Education Group of Kirkland, Wash.

The ranking system of the “Guide to Online Schools” is designed to recognize institutions that provide exceptional value for their cost. The website’s analysis of programs takes into account factors such as tuition, retention, student loan repayment rates and student reviews. Data used in the rankings comes from the federal government’s National Center for Education Statistics.

WCU’s online offerings currently include eight undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs, and a number of other certificate programs and individual courses. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in the university’s online programs this semester.

The just-released ranking for WCU’s lineup of online programs is not the first time those programs have been recognized on a national level. In recent years, several programs have received top five rankings in affordability from the education information clearinghouse, including master’s degree programs in human resources and project management this past year.

“I am pleased that WCU has been recognized by the SR Education Group for our outstanding distance programs – for quality, affordability and retention,” said Regis Gilman, interim dean of WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach. “Distance learning as a means of access and educational attainment is an integral part of the academic offerings at WCU.”

For more information about WCU’s online programs, visit the website or call the Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 or toll-free 866-928-4723.