January 17, 2014  BY Abby Kass

FULTON, Mo.—William Woods University (WWU) ranked exceptionally high for its bachelor’s degree offered through distance learning by the U.S. News. WWU ranked seventh overall in Missouri and 141st in the country in online degree program quality.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) also ranked WWU 14th among private, not-for-profit schools in Missouri for most affordable online degree programs.

“Online classes allow students to have a choice that best fits into their lifestyles. They have the same objectives and assessments with online classes as they would have in the traditional face-to-face delivery method,” WWU president, Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett said.

U.S. News took into account student engagement, such as best practices, graduation rates, assessments, class size, retention rates and more to rank the universities. Additionally, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology and peer reputation were also considered.

WWU offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online through e-learning. The programs offered include Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Associate of Arts, bachelor’s degrees in management, paralegal studies and interpretation studies in ASL-English.

According to the founder of AC Online, Dan Schuessler, for-profit schools no longer dominate distance learning. “So many of today’s top universities have added full online degree programs to their catalogs, making it much easier for non-traditional students to receive a quality education,” Schussler said.

Based on their research, AC Online found that quality and cost are the two core elements when it comes to online degrees. According to AC Online, the online learning programs offered in Missouri offer many opportunities for students. The use of professors and curriculum make the programs equivalent to those earned on campuses.

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