NEWS RELEASE: Pace University online programs win rankings in U.S.News & World Report’s Top Online Education Programs survey

Pace University’s undergraduate online degree programs have won spots in the top of the first-ever US News & World Report rankings of “Top On-line Education Programs.”


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Pace University online programs win rankings in U.S.News & World Report’s Top Online Education Programs survey

Cited for faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student engagement

New York, NY – January 10, 2012 –Pace University’s undergraduate online degree programs have won spots in the top of the first-ever US News & World Report rankings of “Top On-line Education Programs.”

The Pace offerings, a sample of widespread online teaching at Pace, were evaluated because their course content is “at least 80 percent accessible to students online,” according to the publication. US News said that threshold is “in keeping with The Sloan Consortium’s industry standard definition of what constitutes an online course.”

  • Pace’s on-line undergraduate bachelor’s program in telecommunications and liberal arts earned the number four spot in the rankings for “faculty credentials and training,” and the number ten spot for “student engagement and assessment.” Pace also made the top third in the category of “student services and technology.” Nationally, Pace is one of only four institutions whose online bachelor’s programs made the honor roll.
  • Pace’s graduate master’s program in computer information technology was ranked third in faculty credentials and training, ninth in student services and technology, and eleventh in teaching and student engagement.

The online telecommunications program is known as the NACTEL program, for the acronym of the pioneering coalition of telecommunications companies and their unions behind it, the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning. An unusual industry/union coalition coordinated by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) consists of Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America.

Said Nancy Lynch Hale, Special Program Chair in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, “This makes clear what we’ve known for years — a student can expect to receive a top-notch, high-quality, online education at Pace.”

Pace‘s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems was one of the first computing schools to combine hardware and software education in one institution instead of offering them separately. The magazine’s definition of online programs excluded the many individual online courses Pace has been teaching for years and many of the university’s multiple programs using hybrid/blended instruction.

Pace has a number of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are designed to meet the needs of professionals who require the flexibility of online education delivered by the same highly qualified Pace faculty that teach in the Pace traditional classroom.

The other schools making the honor roll for online undergraduate bachelor’s programs are the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Florida, and Westfield State University.

The publication says more information about the rankings methodology is at http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth. More information on the online education program is at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education, or find U.S. News on Facebook or Twitter.

About Pace

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

Media contact:

Bill Caldwell, Pace University 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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