Online master of education programs recognized for excellence

BOWLING GREEN, O.—U.S. News and World Report has named Bowling Green State University’s online master’s degree in education program one of the best in the country. The ranking is part of the magazine’s listing of the Top Online Education Programs.

The graduate education program made the honor roll, which highlights programs that consistently rank high among their peers. Programs must place in the top third of at least three of the four review standards — admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student engagement, and student services and technology.

According to Dr. Bruce Edwards, associate vice president for academic technology and e-learning, the ranking is a reflection of the successful collaboration between the staff from the Center for Online and Blended Learning (COBL) and faculty from the College of Education and Human Development.

“Overall, we have a high national ranking (13th) among all online campuses in faculty credentials and training,” Edwards said. “Well-prepared COBL staff and highly motivated and credentialed education faculty worked together to achieve that ranking. This epitomizes the best of BGSU values: collaborative leadership, quality support for faculty and students, high standards, terrific execution, all undergirded by highly qualified professionals working at the peak of their talents.”

“I could not be more pleased that the faculty members have been recognized by their national peers for the high quality of our online graduate programs,” said Dr. Brad Colwell, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “It is a testament to our faculty's commitment to reach out and meet students needs.

“Having a cross-section of students from across the country exchanging ideas in online discussion adds depth and richness to our courses and strengthens the quality of the learning experience.”

Other universities on the list include Auburn University, Penn State University, Syracuse University and Wright State University.

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(Posted January 11, 2012 )