OEDb.org Releases Additional Categories for 2013 Online College Rankings
HOUSTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — OEDb.org has published new rankings for the top online nursing, MBA, and Ph.D. programs as an addition to the 2013 Online College Rankings, which were first released in January. The Open Education Database (OEDb) recognizes the top U.S. colleges that offer online degree programs in some of today’s most common fields of study, including psychology, business administration, marketing, education, paralegal studies, and criminal justice.
OEDb was one of the earliest publishers to rank online colleges, with the first release in 2007. We believe our annual Online College Rankings to be the most useful and comprehensive published rankings of online schools today.
OEDb has calculated these new rankings to reflect the tremendous growth in online education and provide more guidance for students in their intended area of study. The top winners of 2013 in the three additional categories include:
1. University of Delaware
2. The University of Alabama
3. Saint Louis University-Main Campus
4. University of Massachusetts Amherst
5. University of Missouri-Columbia
1. University of Florida
2. Misericordia University
3. Ball State University
4. Dallas Baptist University
5. University of La Verne
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
3. University of Florida
4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
5. Texas A & M University
Calculating the Rankings
OEDb used only reliable and quantifiable data from trusted third parties and the schools’ websites to keep the rankings as verifiable and objective as possible.
OEDb’s researchers initially compiled a list of schools in the U.S. offering online learning as of November 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database. We defined online schools as those that offer at least one degree program that can be earned completely online; are accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and are listed on College Navigator. We used that initial list, containing more than 3,000 schools, to identify which schools offered at least one completely online program in the subject areas we selected to rank.
From there, we compiled our final rankings based on the key metrics as described in our methodology. These metrics include: cost; selectivity in admissions; history of reputable accreditation; student loan default, institutional financial aid, graduation, retention, and job placement rate; and ratio of full-time to part-time faculty members.
OEDb.org is dedicated to helping students navigate their open and online education options. Toward that end, OEDb features the most comprehensive open courseware directory on the web, an up-to-date online school search tool, distance learning advice, and rankings of the top online schools in the country.
Amy Tran of OEDb.org, firstname.lastname@example.org