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Three DWU online programs ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best

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Dakota Wesleyan University’s online bachelor’s program has been named as one of the best by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row, joined this year by the university’s Master of Arts in Education and Master of Business Administration online degrees, as well.

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings were released today, Jan. 9, and can be accessed at www.usnews.com/online. DWU’s online bachelor’s program was ranked in the top 60, the Master of Arts in Education was ranked in the top 100, and the M.B.A. degree was also ranked this year for the first time. Click here to view all of Dakota Wesleyan's online programs.

This is the third year that Dakota Wesleyan’s online bachelor’s program has been ranked and the program jumped from No. 132 to No. 56. DWU offers an online R.N to Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree and a Bachelor of Arts-Organizational Leadership degree-completion program, in addition to its M.B.A. and M.A. in education degrees.

“DWU’s online bachelor’s program raised in rank this year from 132 to 56 – that’s a substantial leap for one year and it’s a credit to our faculty and staff who make the program a success,” said Derek Driedger, dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies. “Program directors and staff maintain regular contact with the online students to support their personal and professional goals. We have made significant changes to the online experience and to the course content to meet our students’ needs and the improved rankings reflect the positive impact of these changes. Our ultimate goal at Dakota Wesleyan continues to be to provide a quality online education at an affordable price.”

The methodology for Best Online Bachelor’s program is not about test scoring, but is weighed by “how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.” There are four categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer reputation. Methodology for the rankings of the MBA are based on student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation and faculty credentials and training. The Master of Arts-Education methodology includes five categories which include all those used for ranking the MBA in addition to student services and technology.