SRU recognized among nation’s best online programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 rankings


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Slippery Rock University was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on its 2024 Best Online Programs rankings.

Feb. 8, 2024

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on its 2024 Best Online Programs rankings. SRU ranked 138th on the list for Best Online Bachelor's Programs.

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 2024, the U.S. News assessed 1,752 online degree programs.

SRU offers eight online bachelor's degree completion programs in accounting, health care administration and management, leadership studies, liberal arts, management, marketing, nursing and philanthropy and nonprofit management.

SRU was also recognized on the following lists for specific online programs:

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 publication assessed online colleges based on the following four categories:

Engagement (35%), 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 (25%), 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 (20%), 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 (20%), 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 on 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 programs is available on the SRU website.

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