Communications Office: Stephen Mease
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College's online bachelor's and business graduate degree programs are among the top ranked in the nation, according to the 2014 "Best Online Education Programs Report," released by U.S. News and World Report.
"This recognition and the others we have received are a reflection of everyone at Champlain College for their continued commitment to providing the most student-centric, professionally-focused, education in the country," said Champlain College President David F. Finney.
"The world of online education is constantly evolving and we have great programs offering flexibility, personalized service and a broad range of professionally-focused majors to help adult students get their degree and move toward the career they are seeking," added Jayson Boyers, vice president of Continuing and Professional Studies at Champlain College.
Champlain offers bachelor's programs in business, computer science, cybersecurity and healthcare, as well as master's degree programs in similar areas of study. Established in 1878, the college is considered a pioneer in online education, offering its first online courses and degrees more than 20 years ago. Today the college offers over 60 professional certificate, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, in 7-8 week course sessions.
Champlain has enhanced its online degree program by offering adult learners a faster and more affordable way to obtain a bachelor's degree through the college's online and continuing education division.
"Adult students bring different levels of skill, experience and time to the pursuit of higher education," said Boyers. "Champlain provides adult students a flexible, personalized degree plan that will save them both time and money."
Students seeking a bachelor's degree through the online and continuing education division may bring up to 90 credits with them. These credits may come from prior college courses, from testing out of courses for which they can demonstrate mastery of content, and potentially from professional certifications and trainings they have completed. The transfer friendly atmosphere of Champlain means that adult students may potentially only need to complete 10 courses to earn their degree, a significant cost savings when compared to traditional routes.
Factors used to compute the rankings this year include retention rates, graduation rates, and the indebtedness of students upon graduation. Online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. There is no distinction between the two in the rankings. For more information about the rankings methodology, please visit www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.
There will be no print component to the Best Online Education rankings; however, U.S. News plans to include highlights in both the Best Graduate Schools 2015 and Best Colleges 2015 printed guidebooks. For more information on the Best Online Education Programs rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education.
Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. Its traditional undergraduate program at Champlain College is ranked 14th in the North Region by U.S. News' "2014 Best Colleges" and voted the #1 "Up and Coming" school in the North region as well. Champlain was also named the "Ideal College" by Atlantic magazine in 2013.
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu