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Brandman named to top 10 list of online programs

U.S. News and World Report recognizes 2013’s best online education

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: January 31, 2013 01:45 PM

Irvine-based Brandman University has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 list of Best Online Education Programs for its undergraduate degree programs. The local school placed at No. 8 on the list, which evaluates a number of factors, including faculty, services, and enrollment to determine rankings.

Gary Brahm, Brandman University’s chancellor, said the acknowledgement from U.S. News is something for faculty, staff and students to celebrate. “We are focused on delivering an innovative online curriculum to meet the needs of busy working adult students, providing valuable degrees when they graduate. U.S. News is making important strides for consumers by evaluating online programs in their annual rankings and we are thrilled to have landed among the top ten schools in the country for online bachelor’s programs.”

A part of the Chapman University system, Brandman has 21 campuses throughout California, and five in Washington State. The school scored well for faculty credentials and training and student engagement. The most popular major at Brandman is general psychology, followed by early childhood education and teaching.

Brandman also ranked 55th on U.S. News’ list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs, and 70th among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

Kelsey Sheehy, an education reporter for U.S. News, explained that a number of criteria factor into determining a school’s score. “These are the best online bachelor's degree programs, based on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates, and academic and career support services offered to students,” Sheehy said. “With the number of schools offering fully online degree programs nearly double what it was 10 years ago… more students can unlock the benefits of higher education without quitting their jobs or uprooting their families. U.S. News aims to help students evaluate their options with the 2013 Best Online Education Programs rankings.”

The only other Southern California-based program to break the top 100 was California Baptist University in Riverside (No. 25). St. Mary's College of California in the Bay Area was No. 24 and Cal State University Chico landed at No. 75.

U.S. News and World Report compiled the data for its 2013 best online education programs list via statistical surveys sent to schools that offer online degrees. Respondents are then evaluated using additional information compiled from the American Association of University Professors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Council for Aid to Education and the U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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