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Indiana State’s online programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report

January 18, 2018

Indiana State University's online bachelor's program and graduate nursing and education programs are ranked among the nation's best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

"Indiana State Online continues to grow the number of programs we offer and the number of students we serve," said Ken Brauchle, dean of extended learning. "As the state of Indiana strives to increase the number of Hoosiers with a post-secondary credential, reaching non-traditional students via high-quality online education is crucial. We are pleased that we are being recognized as a top online university."

State's online nursing master's degree program is 111 on the organization's 2018 list that is dominated by revered medical schools such as Duke University and Johns Hopkins University.

"The graduate nursing program being ranked by U.S. News and World Report is great evidence in support of the high quality online learning environment that Indiana State University has to offer," said Caroline Mallory, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "Clearly, our faculty and staff are dedicated to student success and that shows in the ranking."

U.S. News and World report ranked Indiana State 202 among Best Online Bachelor's Programs. The Graduate Education Program was ranked 224-291. For all three rankings, the publication noted all of the online classes are recorded and archived so students can access lecture material at their convenience.

"We are pleased to be among those ranked by this esteemed publication," said Janet Buckenmeyer, dean of the Bayh College of Education. "Our online programs offer flexibility for the diverse needs of today's learner along with the quality of an Indiana State University degree."

Indiana State Online offers more than 70 programs that can be completed entirely online or with minimal on-campus visits. Also available are a variety of online minors, doctoral and specialist programs and certificates and licensures to those requiring additional education and training in their degree programs.

U.S. News is the only organization to evaluate distance education programs at the program level rather than the school level. The methodologies are based on a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered primarily online were considered.

U.S. News and World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or