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Two University College programs have secured positions on the Best Online Programs list, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. University College was eligible to submit data for two lists: graduate information technology and bachelor’s programs. Both programs ranked in the top 50.

“These rankings are helpful for prospective students making a decision about their education and for current students in the program to bolster their choice to attend the University of Denver,” said Michael McGuire, dean of University College.

Several factors were considered when developing the rankings, including student engagement, faculty credentials, students services and technology, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation, according to the U.S. News & World Report website. University College scored particularly well in the areas of student engagement best practices, retention, class size, and student services and technology.

The online bachelor’s rankings evaluate program quality and how programs specifically appeal to adults aged 25 and older, with evaluative factors such as course delivery, teaching effectiveness, and time to completion. University College ranks No. 48 in the 2017 rankings. In the online bachelor’s category alone, more than 300 schools submitted data to be considered in the rankings.

“Students in our bachelor’s program find the flexibility crucial to their success,” said John Hill, academic director for the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program. “That in addition to the career-focused, practice-based courses they take with faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom.”

The information technology graduate program earned a No. 1 ranking in the categories of mean class size, services made available remotely to distance learners, and technologies made available remotely to distance learners.

Available entirely online or in hybrid format, the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program is geared toward busy adults who need to finish their undergraduate degree. For those looking to pursue a Master of Science in Information and Communications Technology, University College offers nine concentration and certificate areas entirely online or on campus in the evenings ranging from Web Design and Development to Technology Management, Mobile Application Development to Information Systems Security. University College ranks in the U.S. News & World Report list for the two programs they are eligible to submit.

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