Among hundreds of colleges across the nation offering online bachelor’s programs, SUNY Delhi’s program is the cream of the crop, according to U.S. News & World Report.
SUNY Delhi tied with Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., for first place in the news magazine’s 2014 edition of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology and peer reputation.
According to U.S. News & World Report, more than 1,000 online programs were evaluated in categories such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates and academic and career support services offered to students. This is the magazine’s third year ranking distance-education programs.
SUNY Delhi’s Provost, John Nader, said the recognition came as a pleasant surprise.
“The college has been working to build up its online program since 2008,” Nader said. “The program is a great point of pride for us.”
According to Delhi’s website, the college’s online programs allow students the flexibility of getting an education around their schedule and can be completed either part-time or full-time without a residency requirement.
Nader said the college has 745 students enrolled in the online nursing program for the spring semester and over 1,000 taking online summer classes. He said online students hail from all over New York, with a handful from out of the state.
In the category of faculty credentials and training, which the magazine describes as how well a school prepares qualified instructors to teach remotely, SUNY Delhi’s online nursing program received a perfect score.
Nader said the college’s online instructors come from Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Jerusalem.
“The flexibility of the online program,” Nader said, “allows us to be highly selective in choosing our faculty.”
SUNY Delhi President Candace S. Vancko agreed, saying that the faculty’s perfect score reflected the instructors’ impressive proficiency. Vancko shared a congratulatory email from one of the nursing program’s associate professors, Cheryle G. Levitt, who lives in Jerusalem.