Once again, Fayetteville State University (FSU) is being recognized for its online course offerings. This time, FSU is being cited as one of the 2016 Best Online Colleges in the Nation. FSU comes in at No. 2 in the national rankings, missing the top spot by just over a half point. The rankings were made by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), an organization of higher education professionals established to guide students in identifying high quality online options.
To determine the rankings, ACO data analysts and college experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank colleges based on various cost-to-quality metrics. This metric is called the AC Online Peer-Based Value. This proprietary metric compares qualitative components of colleges with similar costs, against the tuition of colleges with similar quality metrics. The general criteria and scoring metrics include:
- Must be a public or private not-for-profit institution
- Must offer at least one fully-online bachelor’s degree program
- Count of online bachelor’s degrees available
- Student-faculty ratio (undergraduate)
- Percentage of students receiving financial aid
- Availability of academic/career counseling services
- Six-year graduation rate
“This indeed is great news once again for Fayetteville State University. This ranking serves as proof to the high quality of both our online and traditional course offerings,” said Chancellor James Anderson. “A lot of work has gone into making certain that a first-rate education is available and affordable for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge and enhance their way of life. I could not be more pleased that Affordable Colleges Online has recognized FSU for its efforts.”
This isn’t the first time ACO has recognized FSU. Earlier, ACO released its annual rankings of best online colleges in North Carolina for the 2015-2016 school year. FSU was on the list. Last year, ACO recognized FSU’s Master of Business Administration Online Program as one of the top 50 in the nation.
To view the rankings, click on: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/best-colleges-online/.
Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of more than 6,100 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 800.
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