SRU recognized in U.S. News’ 2023 Best Online Programs rankings


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Slippery Rock University’s online bachelor’s degree programs were recognized in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Online Programs rankings. 

Jan. 26, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The U.S. News & World Report recognized Slippery Rock University's online academic programs in its 2023 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. In 2023, the U.S. News assessed 1,833 online degree programs.

SRU appeared on five lists, including Best Online Bachelor's Programs, ranking 209th out of 381 schools. SRU also made the lists for Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs (127th), and three lists that grouped programs with ranges: Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs (72-95), Best Online Master's in Education Programs (253-329) and Best Online MBA Programs (261-344).

The U.S. News defines an online program as having "a vast majority of required coursework for program completion 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 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 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.
  • Peer Assessment, based on a survey of high-ranking academic officials to help account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics.

Each program was assessed by the categories outlined above and rankings were calculated using data 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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