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LU online programs ranked by U.S. News &World Report

Lamar University online programs have been recognized among the best in the nation by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, according to a press release from the national magazine.  Lamar ranked in the top 25 percent of schools nationwide for the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program.  Prospective students can use the rankings to gauge program quality and use the searchable directory to explore additional information on such factors as tuition, program offerings and other online services.

“These national rankings are a testament to the quality of curriculum, staff and the delivery of our online course offerings,” said Paula Nichols, executive director, Lamar University Division of Distance Education.  “More students are choosing online course options out of convenience and it is our goal to provide the same quality educational experience to our online students that we provide in the classroom.”

More than 1,200 distance education degree bachelor’s programs have been cataloged in the searchable directory, and all programs more than one year old with at least 10 students enrolled were ranked. The four criteria used to rank the online bachelor’s programs included student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student engagement,. 

For the 2015 edition of the Best Online Graduate Education Programs rankings, U.S. News ranked schools based on five general categories: student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.  Collectively, Lamar ranked higher than the University of Oklahoma, Georgia State University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech and Rutgers in the two categories.  The U.S. News & World Report rankings are published annually.