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U.S. News ranks CMU online among best in nation, highest in Michigan


Contact: Heather Smith

​​​​U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings once again place Central Michigan University’s online education programs among the best in the nation and the highest in Michigan.

“These standings are a tremendous recognition of the quality of our programs, the faculty who teach them and the student support services provided by our staff,” said Peter Ross, vice president of CMU’s Global Campus, which oversees the university’s online programs.

CMU’s rankings:

  • No. 5 in best online graduate education programs for teachers and administrators —CMU ranked as the nation’s fifth best online graduate education programs, tying with two other schools and ranking among universities such as the University of Houston, Florida State and Penn State. No other Michigan universities made the top 10 in this category.
  • No. 13 in best online bachelor’s programs — CMU tied for the No. 13 ranking with the University of Florida and Utah State and was one of only two Michigan institutions that made it into this category’s top 25.
  • No. 25 in best graduate MBA programs — At No. 25, CMU is the only Michigan institution in the top 50 graduate MBA programs in the nation.
See how CMU ranks among other Mi​chigan universities
“With more than 2,700 four-year colleges and universities in the country, these rankings are outstanding,” CMU Provost Michael Gealt said. “We at CMU are committed to continuing our leadership in online programs, ensuring an academic quality and the necessary, distinctive online services that support student success. That’s critical as we work to expand our program offerings to meet the demands of the marketplace."

The ranking report evaluates programs on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer review.

Online offerings and student support systems at CMU continue to evolve. CMU online students have access to a wide variety of services, including success coaches, extensive library services, and math and writing centers, for example. Also, through CMU’s Online Ally Program, experienced and successful online students provide personal assistance and advice to fellow students and assist them with any challenges they may​​ face as online students.

CMU’s Global Campus has been a pioneer in distance learning since 1971, when it was one of the first universities to provide education off campus and directly to students and adults. It now has nearly 40 locations in the United States and Canada, including on more than 20 military bases.

Today, nearly 10,000 students are enrolled in online classes each year, some as full-time online students and others supplementing their face-to-face classes at the university’s main campus in Mount Pleasant.

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report also ranked CMU’s online bachelor’s and online graduate education programs as the No. 1 choice for veterans. Additionally, CMU has been named to Military Advanced Education’s list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” for the past seven years.

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