Rather than last-minute or fly-by-night instructors, UNCW has "bona fide professors" teaching online students, explained Sartarelli.
The release said that the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings are awarded only to programs where all required coursework is completed online. UNCW ranked behind Ohio State University – Columbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Temple University, Arizona State University, Utah State University, Oregon State University, tying with Pennsylvania State University – World Campus for the No. 7 spot, according to the release.
As UNCW's online health care-related courses are making news, the university is preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 18 on its new $66 million Allied Health Building. UNCW's College of Health and Human Services, which will be housed in the new building, includes three schools -- nursing, social work and allied health and exercise, explained Sartarelli, all of which have been on the rise in recent years.
"Those three schools have grown from about 1,500 students in 2010 to more than 3,600 students today," he said.
UNCW was also recently named a Best College Value for 2018 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, ranking 62nd among the top 100 public universities nationwide, up six places from the 2017 ranking, the release stated. Of the six North Carolina universities in Kiplinger’s top 100, UNCW ranks 2nd in four-year graduation and 3rd in average salary earned after graduating.
“As one of the institutions that make up the nationally respected University of North Carolina system, UNCW is committed to providing an accessible and affordable, high-quality education,” Sartarelli said in the release. “These rankings recognize our continued commitment to developing distance education programming and the university’s overall affordability and value. Our students get an outstanding return on their investment through our faculty and applied-learning experiences that position them to compete for jobs or continue their education.”
Kiplinger’s selects the top 100 public, private and liberal arts institutions based on admissions rates, academic quality, retention, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates and cost. The university is also ranked 6th among public universities and 14th overall in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Regional Universities (South) for 2018.
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