U.S. News & World Report has ranked Neumann University’s online bachelor’s degree among the top 100 in the country.
In rankings released on January 25, the magazine named Neumann’s program as No. 74 nationwide and No. 4 in Pennsylvania.
Neumann’s program was ranked favorably, even in comparison to online bachelor’s degrees from larger, local universities and those with national profiles.
U.S. News determined the ranking by looking at how online degree programs were being delivered and how effective they were in awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
U.S. News assessed adult online degree programs based on four categories:
- Engagement (35%)
- Services and Technologies (25%)
- Faculty Credentials and Training (20%)
- Expert Opinion (20%)
Neumann offers two online bachelor’s degree programs: the BS in Business and Organizational Studies and the BS in Public Safety Administration.
Both programs offer courses in an accelerated format (7.5-week classes) and provide adult students, many of whom have family and work responsibilities, flexibility in completing the degree.
Dr. Jilian Donnelly, executive director of the university’s Adult and Continuing Education unit, credits the personal attention that a small college can provide for Neumann’s success with adults.
“Our academic advisors will review a student’s work history, work-related training, military experience, and previous college work, all in an effort to transfer in as much credit as possible,” she explains.
Neumann University is also a Yellow Ribbon school and helps eligible veterans fund their post-secondary education. Veterans and other adult students can transfer as many as 90 credits to the online degree programs.
According to Donnelly, because students enrolled in these programs are likely to be seeking career advancement, both online programs incorporate a problem-solving project related to the student’s workplace, affiliated organization, or career interest.
Dr. Jilian Donnelly talks about Neumann’s U.S. News recognition and talks about its online programs in this new video.