Campbell University Adult & Online Education ranked among the Top 20 percent of schools in the nation for its online bachelor’s program, according to rankings released this month by U.S. News & World report.
Campbell is ranked 74th nationally out of 359 programs, according to U.S. News. It’s also ranked 44th for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans” and 79th for “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs.”
Adult & Online Education Dean Dr. Beth Rubin credited the work and dedication of the school’s staff and faculty for the climb in rankings (Campbell ranked 87th out of 361 programs in 2022). Campbell is also the only private school in North Carolina with an online program ranked on the ‘Best for Veterans’ list.
“This puts us far above many of our regional and national competitors,” said Rubin. “It all points to how determined we are to continue providing the best education possible for our students — both undergraduate and graduate.”
Campbell launched its first online program as a pilot program at Camp Lejeune in 1999 and moved it to the main campus in Buies Creek in 2004. The first fully online degree program was launched in 2014.
Today, 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.
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.