(KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University's online bachelor's and master's degree programs have been ranked this week among the nation's 2016 Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Southeast's online bachelor's degree programs are ranked 58th nationally. Also ranked by U.S. News this week are Southeast's online MBA program and its online graduate business programs, graduate criminal justice program and graduate education programs.
Online programs at Southeast offer students an avenue for pursuing and completing their degrees via the Internet. Southeast Online strives to provide a unique learning experience and educational opportunities to individuals who are not able to attend classes on campus.
"A student's success is our main focus and passion," said Chance Franklin, programs specialist at Southeast Online. "Our goal is to do everything we can to help them reach their goals. We take great pride in knowing that we are one of the best online schools, not only in the Midwest, but also in the nation. Our students have the will to succeed, and we provide the way to success."
U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer reputation. These factors were selected in order to weigh how a school's programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
The U.S. News ranking comes as Southeast recently announced plans to launch new tuition rates for students enrolled in online only degree programs beginning in fall 2016.
Regardless of residency, students enrolled in online only degree programs at Southeast will now be charged $265 per credit hour for online undergraduate courses and $325 per credit hour for online graduate courses.
The new rates are an effort, in part, to appeal to working adults and employers who offer programs to reimburse employees' educational expenses. Varying rates for in-state and out-of-state students no longer will be charged.
"Our new tuition rate is just an example of Southeast's commitment to excellence and our willingness to not only make getting an education convenient, but affordable as well," said Leah Michel, an academic advisor at Southeast Online. "The new tuition rate will allow students who receive tuition assistance or reimbursement from their employer to maximize their benefits."
Southeast offers more than 20 academic programs online with opportunities to study business administration, health studies, nursing, criminal justice and a host of other degree programs.
Today, Southeast is a leader in the delivery of online programming in the state of Missouri, with more than 1,000 students pursuing a degree completely online.
For the complete U.S. News & World Report rankings information and accompanying profile data, visit www.usnews.com/online.