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U.S. News ranks MSU online business programs among best

The U.S. News & World Report reported that Minot State Universityís College of Business online graduate programs and MSU undergraduate online programs rank among the nationís best online education programs. Recognizing the growing significance of online education in the university experience and the unique, numerous factors involved in making online degree programs successful, U.S. News released its first "Top Online Education Programs" rankings Jan. 10.

Among 177 universities reporting their graduate business program practices, the CoBís online Master of Science in management and Master of Science in information systems ranked sixth in the nation (top 3 percent) for "Student Services and Technology." They also ranked 25th (top 14 percent) for "Admissions Selectivity," 47th (top 27 percent) for "Faculty Credentials and Training" and 57th (top 32 percent) for "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement."

"Online delivery of our graduate programs is extremely important to the College of Business; weíre thrilled to rank so well among our national peers who offer similar degree programs. Our faculty have been committed to online education for 10 years, and our best feedback comes from our students. But itís very gratifying to see that we compare well with other universities in the country," said JoAnn Linrud, dean of the College of Business. "MSUís Center for Extended Learning and instructional technology staff are incredibly dedicated to making online education work for our students."

For the overall performance of its online undergraduate programs, MSU ranked 17th (top 9 percent) for "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement" and 41st (top 21 percent) for "Student Services and Technology." MSUís online bachelorís degree programs include management, management information systems, marketing, international business, nursing for registered nurses, general studies, applied management and applied business information technology.

According to Linrud, about 16 percent of CoB students take their major business program completely online, while another 16 percent take at least half of their degree program online.

"When you consider that about a third of our students make online classes a substantial portion of their degree programs, we strive to make courses available to them and pay attention to their needs. Our high rankings are attributable to our dedicated faculty and support staff. MSU has offered courses online long enough to have worked out many of the kinks," Linrud said.

U.S. News ranked 196 online bachelorís degree programs and 523 online masterís degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology. Programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.

For questions, contact Linrud at 858-3110 or