California Baptist University again ranks in the top 40 best online bachelor’s programs


California Baptist University (CBU) earned the no. 37 spot among online bachelor’s programs in the 2014 Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

CBU entered the online education market in the spring of 2010 with programs offered by the university’s Division of Online and Professional Studies. It is only the second year online programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and CBU placed in the top 40 both years. CBU now serves more than 3,100 students online throughout the United States and offers 29 online undergraduate majors and concentrations and elven graduate majors and specializations.

“We are pleased to be ranked in the top 40 best online bachelor’s programs for two consecutive years, especially considering CBU’s three short years offering online programs,” said Dr. David Poole, vice president for Online and Professional Studies at CBU.  “We are delighted to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report.” In addition to the number 37 spot for best online bachelor’s programs, CBU also ranked in the best online graduate business and best online graduate education programs as evaluated nationwide.

U.S. News & World Report acknowledged the methodology behind this year's rankings changed significantly and for the first time, all six rankings included peer review data based on schools' evaluations of each other. These changes are the primary factors behind why schools moved up and down in the rankings.

“Despite the significant methodology changes, CBU ranked no. 8 overall in faculty credentials and training and no. 52 in student services & technology. This continues to support our mission and drive that quality and experience of faculty, innovative, cutting edge technology, and student support and service are at the heart of what we do at CBU.”

U.S. News & World Report said it evaluated nearly 1,000 online programs.  The publication weighted indicators of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, assessment by peer institutions, and student services and technology. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

Founded in 1950, CBU is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, Calif. and affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. Fall 2013 enrollment at CBU totaled 7,144 students, studying 154 undergraduate majors and concentration and 39 master’s degree programs. CBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Consortium for Global Education. 

For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.


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