SRU’s online programs ranked among nation’s best in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report


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Slippery Rock University appeared on four separate lists in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

Jan. 26, 2022

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University was recognized four times for its online academic programs in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. The U.S. News & World Report is a national publication that annually releases rankings to help prospective students select schools that are right for them.

SRU made the list of Best Online Bachelor's Programs, ranking 169th out of 361 schools that were recognized. SRU's online bachelor's programs in business were also cited, ranking 125th out of 228 institutions.

Among master's programs, SRU made the lists for Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs, Best Online Master's in Education Programs and Best Online MBA Programs. SRU did not have specific rankings on these lists, but it was placed within ranking ranges of 64-81, 242-321 and 252-328, respectively.

The U.S. News defines an online program as having "a vast majority of required coursework for program completion that is able to be completed via distance education courses that incorporate internet-based learning technologies."

The U.S. News assessed online colleges based on the following four general categories:

  • Engagement, referring to the extent to which a degree program promotes participation by enabling students to effectively interact with instructors and classmates, as they would be able to do in an on-campus environment.
  • Services and Technologies, focusing on how programs incorporate diverse technologies that allow students to more flexibly complete their coursework at a distance. This category also considers the quality of student support services, career guidance and financial aid resources.
  • Faculty Credentials and Training, measuring the degree to which online instructors' credentials mirror those of on-campus faculty. This category also measures the effectiveness of the resources used to train instructors to teach distance learners.
  • Expert Opinion, based on a survey of high-ranking academic officials to help account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics.

The U.S. News selected factors, known as ranking indicators, to assess each program in the categories outlined above that were calculated using data that the program reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and a peer reputation survey.

Links to SRU's rankings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website. More information about SRU's online degree completion undergraduate programs is available on the SRU website.

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