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U.S. News ranks UW-Superior among best online degree programs in nation

Posted on Jan 8, 2014
The University of Wisconsin-Superior's online degree program ranks among the best in the nation on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Online Education Program Rankings" for 2014.
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Ten of the 32 Fall 2013 distance learning graduates with UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter (far left), and Provost Faith Hensrud (far right).

Ten of the 32 Fall 2013 distance learning graduates with UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter (far left), and Provost Faith Hensrud (far right).

UW-Superior is ranked ninth for online bachelor's programs in the country and is the top-ranked campus in the UW System for online degrees. View the complete U.S. News rankings online.

"We are so pleased to receive this designation," said UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter. "It recognizes the high quality of our academic programs and faculty as well as the services we provide to help students be successful."

UW-Superior's 35-year-old distance learning program is one of the oldest in the state and the first to offer self-paced independent learning leading to a degree. The program went online in 1999.

To be considered for the rankings, only degree-granting programs offering courses that are 100 percent online are eligible. The schools were ranked according to student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology.

Today, 551, or 19 percent, of UW-Superior's students are seeking online degrees. More than 75 percent of these students are women, and most are between the ages of 25 and 49. Nine out of ten students have some prior college education. More than 85 percent are working; 60 percent are employed full time.

"The university plans to double the number of online students by 2020," said Wachter. "We will continue to stay abreast of national trends in higher education, offering multiple vehicles for degree completion to meet student needs and workforce demands."

UW-Superior offers six online bachelor degree options for learners:

An online Master's Degree in Sustainable Management - the first in the country - was introduced in 2013.

"Students say high-quality advising services, in-demand majors, flexible schedules, and high standards are what drew them to pursue their online degrees at UW-Superior," said Christina Kline, interim director of the UW-Superior Distance Learning Center. "Our focus is on giving students a top quality education and a highly personalized experience."

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