Adult & Online Education ranks Top 25% nationally for best online program

Student inside the Oscar N. Harris Student Union

Campbell University Adult & Online Education ranked among the Top 25 percent of schools in the nation for its online bachelor’s program, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. 

Campbell ranks No. 81 (tie) for “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs” out of 348 programs and No. 48 overall in “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.”

“These rankings are a direct result of the exceptional student services and support that our faculty and staff offer our online students,” said Dr. Nicole Winget, Interim Dean for Campbell University Adult & Online Education. “I look forward to the continued growth that this hard work brings to Campbell University.”

In its 12th year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs is designed for individuals looking to complete or further their education. U.S. News evaluated more than 1,600 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for the rankings.

The metrics utilized by U.S. News for the online rankings include student engagement, support given to students and instructor training and credentials.

“We are consistently one of the highest-ranked private schools in the state and I am so proud of where we rank across the country,” said Dr. Guy Vitaglione, Associate Dean for Campbell University Adult & Online Education.

The Campbell University Online Bachelor’s in Business also landed inside the Top-100, finishing No. 96 (tie) overall.

“Now 10 years in, Campbell Online is at a point where serious agencies across North Carolina continue to seek us out for partnerships that serve their employees,” said Dr. Vitaglione.

Campbell offers more 100-percent online degree programs than any private school in the state — 20-plus bachelor and bachelor of applied science degrees and several associate and licensure programs. Earlier this year, Campbell University celebrated its 10-year anniversary of launching its first fully online degree program.

The U.S. News rankings are based on four general categories: 

  • Engagement (35 percent): Quality online bachelor’s degree programs promote participation in courses, allowing students opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates, as is possible in a campus-based setting. In turn, instructors not only are accessible and responsive, but they also are tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Services and Technologies (25 percent): Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.
  • Faculty Credentials and Training (20 percent): Strong online programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners.
  • Expert Opinion (20 percent): A survey of high-ranking academic officials helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics. Also, employers may hold in high regard degrees earned from programs that academics respect.