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Online Programs make U.S.News' Top 50

The University of Iowa is recognized several times in the new U.S.News & World Report's 2012 edition of Top Online Education Program rankings released today, Tuesday, Jan. 10.
 
Overall the UI ranked No. 50 out of 194 institutions in the area of "Student Engagement and Assessment" for bachelor's programs offered online. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) and the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) together enrolled 309 students in the fall 2011 term, and had 443 actively enrolled students in 2010-11 academic year. Sixty-one students graduated in 2010-11 from the BAS/BLS programs.
 
The UI College of Education also ranked No. 4 out of 171 institutions in the area of "Admissions Selectivity" for graduate programs in education; No. 62 in the area of "Student Services and Technology," and 146 in the area of "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement."
 
U.S.News & World Report sent online surveys to 1,765 regionally accredited institutions that offer bachelor's degree programs and to 1,053 institutions that offer at least one master's level program in education in 2010, relying on U.S. Department of Education data and U.S. News internal resources.
 
Of the institutions queried about bachelor's programs, 969 institutions -- or 55 percent -- responded to the survey. For online master's degree programs, 595 institutions -- or 57 percent -- responded.
 
An online program was defined to respondents as one with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online. The UI College of Education offers one master's degree program exclusively online -- the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, which has the option of obtaining a Principal Licensure, which currently enrolls 18 students.
 
Data collection occurred from July 28 through Oct. 28, 2011.