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Florida State University ranked #2 for online graduate education programs


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By Kelli Gemmer

January 7, 2015

Florida State University ranked #2 for online graduate education programs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In its 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida State University #2 in the nation for online graduate education programs.

“Florida State University continues to perform well on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Online Programs’ list because of the excellent collaboration between our dedicated administration, faculty, staff, students and community,” said Dr. Susann Rudasill, director at the Office of Distance Learning at FSU.

U.S. News collected data through statistical questionnaires that were sent to the 252 regionally accredited public, private and for-profit institutions with online graduate programs in education. In addition, deans and top distance learning officials of these institutions completed a separate peer reputation survey.

The rankings were calculated based on five general categories and their weight: student engagement (35%), student services and technology (20%), faculty credentials and training (15%), admissions selectivity (15%), and peer reputation (15%).

Schools were then provided with a score out of 100, rescaled so that the scores ranged from zero to 100, with the top-scoring school receiving a 100 and the bottom-scoring school receiving a zero. FSU received an overall score of 94.

“The gains we have made in the U.S. News ranking illustrate the continuing dedication of the university in providing whatever resources are needed to endow FSU students with an outstanding online education,” said Rudasill. “We continue to make enhancements to our programs and curriculum in support of our commitment to students to provide the highest quality online education possible.”

The Florida State University College of Education offers four online master’s degree programs in collaboration with the Office of Distance Learning:

Educational Leadership/Administration
Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies
Special Education Studies
Learning and Cognition (beginning Fall 2015)

Each course, equipped with a fully qualified and experienced instructor, is designed with a theory-to-practice outcome. Class members strive to become “scholar-practitioners” while learning to collaborate in an online learning community.

“The College of Education was an early pioneer in online education at FSU, and we continue to develop innovative programs that provide a quality education to students who can’t travel to campus,” said Marcy Driscoll, dean of the College of Education. “It’s exciting to see our achievements earn this recognition.”

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