Pace University placed 1st out of 237 schools surveyed in the latest poll from the U.S News and World Report on Online Bachelor’s Degree programs. Pace’s online program, iPace and Nactel, scored a 70.2, over 5 points higher than the next school on the list. Universities were judged on a number of criteria including graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates, and academic and career support services offered to students. Pace also placed #13 for Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
The iPace and NACTEL program allows students that have begun a bachelor’s degree but were unable to finish in a traditional time frame to still receive their degree. The program offers a Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Studies and Bachelors of Science degrees in Nursing, Professional Communication Studies and Professional Technology Studies.
The courses for the online programs were co-developed with experts from The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL). In a NACTEL press statement Dr. David Sachs, professor at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, said “We’re thrilled that Pace University has been chosen for the US News & World Report’s Honor Roll of colleges and universities that provide excellent online education. He added “We’re privileged to have been partners with NACTEL since 1999, developing quality online education for the information technology industry. The results of that partnership are evident in this award.” In the same statement Bridget Trapanese, a current student and Verizon Communications employee, said “Going to school online at Pace University has been a godsend for me.”
Online degree programs such as Coursera and edX were not ranked because they do not offer full degrees, or credits. Pace was one of only two New York area schools in the top 25 – the other being St. John’s University.
If you’d like to see the rest of the ranking they can be found here – http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings