The University of North Dakota earned the No. 3 spot in the nation in two recent independent assessments, including one by U.S. News & World Report, for the school's exceptional online programs.
U.S. News put UND's online program near the top in the "student services and technology" category in the first-ever Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report edition. UND also placed in the top 75 in five different category rankings for its online graduate programs in business and nursing.
UND also is one of the top schools in the nation for military-friendly online schools, according to the 2012 "Guide to Online Schools," a leading education portal for aspiring college students.
UND's online programs were ranked No. 3 on the Guide's list after an evaluation of more than 200 accredited online schools. The top 30 schools are listed on the Guide's official website at guidetoonlineschools.com/online-colleges/2012-military-friendly.
This year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison took the top spot in the rankings followed by Iowa State University and then UND.
"UND is committed to providing high quality educational experiences for all of our online students, and to be recognized by U.S. News in multiple categories, including a No. 3 ranking for our student services and technology support, is an honor, " said Philip Parnell, director of Online Enrollment Management. "We are very proud of the hard work put forth by all our faculty and staff involved in online education."
Parnell also touted UND's Military Affairs Committee as a big reason that the University's online education programs are being recognized as military-friendly on a national scale.
"The Committee, which is made up of current and former military members who volunteer their time, provides ongoing guidance on how UND can best meet the needs of our servicemen and women."
Guide to Online Schools stated that UND has a "particularly robust" online learning program that "encompasses all levels of learning, from professional development classes and certificates to graduate degrees." The Guide to Online Schools also noted that UND "offers a number of accredited online programs that are hard to find at other institutions, such as undergraduate engineering degrees."
In addition to recognizing UND among the Top Online Education Programs, U.S. News recently profiled UND online student, Dalene Erickson, for a feature article titled, "Why I Chose Online Education." Erickson is pursuing her graduate degree in early childhood education while she balances the demands of work and family.
"We are very pleased that U.S. News chose to feature one of UND's online students," Parnell said. "Ms. Erickson's experience of juggling multiple responsibilities while earning her master's degree online is typical for many of the adult learners that UND serves through distance education."
UND offers more than 45 online degree and graduate certificate programs as well as hundreds of online academic and lifelong learning courses.