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Stephens College near top in category of U.S. News & World Report online education rankings

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 5:41 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Stephens College was ranked No. 13 in the student engagement and assessment category in the U.S. News & World Report's Top Online Education Programs, which was announced on Monday.

Stephens was the only mid-Missouri college to rank in the top 15 in one of the three categories in the report. In student engagement and assessment, MU placed No. 116 and Columbia College placed No. 42. 

Online Program Rankings for Local Colleges

Faculty Credentials and Training (Out of 55 universities)

  • MU ranked No. 47
  • Stephens ranked No. 43
  • Columbia College ranked No. 40

Student Engagement and Assessment (Out of 172 universities)

  • MU ranked No. 116
  • Stephens ranked No. 13
  • Columbia College ranked No. 42

Student Services and Technology (Out of 179 universities)

  • MU ranked No. 110
  • Stephens ranked No. 118
  • Columbia College ranked No. 85


The report uses university data since July 14, 2011, to rank online bachelor's degree programs and online graduate programs that U.S. universities offer. Programs need to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online, the industry standard according to The Sloan Consortium, to qualify as an online course.

Programs were ranked in three categories, using 20 weighted indicators: teaching practices and student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.

Stephens College began offering coeducational online programs in 1998, beginning with its MBA program. Since then, Stephens has offered a variety of other programs and degrees online.


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