Southeastern earns top rank for university with online offerings
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University was named the top Louisiana university
in a recent ranking of institutions with online degree offerings.
Affordable Colleges Online reviewed all institutions in the state that offer a bachelor’s degree at a minimum. The report, “2015-2016 Best Online Colleges for Louisiana,” is based on a proprietary scoring system that ranks the schools using various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics.
Among the criteria used are the number of online bachelor’s degrees available, student-faculty ratio, loan default rate, job placement and career counseling availability, the online tuition rate and the six-year graduation rate.
“Students and parents today want to receive a good return on their education investment.
Southeastern consistently shows that it offers our students both an excellent value and unparalleled academic programming,” said university President John L. Crain. “Our online programs certainly contribute to that level of success.”
Southeastern was cited specifically for its online degree programs for individuals who have earned registered nurse certification and are looking to obtain bachelor’s degrees.
Earlier this year, Southeastern’s online nursing program was ranked in the nation’s Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BS Programs for 2015. The program was ranked 36th in the U.S. by ValueColleges.com.
The ranking by ACO ties into other high affordability ratings the university enjoys, including its ranking of 19th in the country by Accounting Degree Review in a listing of the 30 most affordable residential degree programs in accounting.
“We wanted to highlight the schools in each state that are driving innovative learning and meeting demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, chief executive officer and founder of ACO. “These schools are not only offering great programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”
ACO provides prospective students and their parents with information and resources to help them manage the cost of obtaining an education. It is the first website to offer comprehensive lists of “Most Affordable Colleges” in different categories.