IU East online programs receive top rankings

November 7, 2018 |

Indiana University East recently had several of its online degree completion programs ranked on national lists for quality and affordability by Affordable Colleges Online and OnlineU.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) ranked four of Indiana University East’s online programs in the top 20 on two of its lists recently. ACO is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information.

IU East’s online program in English, Technical and Professional Writing is ranked 12th on the English and Humanities national best programs list.

Additionally, IU East’s Political Science online program is ranked 19th on the Political Science and Criminal Justice national best programs list.

Margaret Thomas-Evans, chair of the English department, said the department is very proud of its Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing. She said receiving this ranking is a great accomplishment.

“Seventy-five percent of our English majors are in this program and take not only technical and professional writing courses, but also creative writing and literature courses, so all the faculty are involved with the degree and impact its success,” Thomas-Evans said. “Our students are globally located in places such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Pakistan, as well as across the U.S. The community writing projects they complete in several courses provide a service to their home communities along with giving students the opportunity to get a practical learning experience that may apply to their future careers.”

Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the department chair of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

“The Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science is pleased to see that our programs have received national attention,” Parker said. “Both programs provide students with internships opportunities and other experiential learning venues that have a huge impact on their futures. We have seen strong growth in both experiential travel and participation in undergraduate research. I am very pleased at the work of our faculty and students.”

The School of Business and Economics also was placed on the OnlineU list for the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Accounting and Marketing. OnlineU is published by the SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004.

The SR Education Group ranked three of IU East’s online degree completion programs, including the finance program at 10; marketing program at number 22; and the accounting program at 23.

Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics Nick Delener, said, “We are pleased to announce that IU East’s School of Business and Economics has been ranked by the SR Education Group on the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges national list. These rankings represent online schools across the United States that make an effort to provide economical options for the students.”

SR Education Group methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. Since salaries differ by degree level and program, SR Education Group utilizes bachelor’s, master’s, and program specific salary data for the rankings. Manually collected tuition rates are also specific to degree level and program. The Best Online Colleges rankings include 100 program pages and 41 by-state rankings. The 2019 rankings include 861 unique schools, between the Best and Most Affordable lists.

IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East’s online programs offer 13 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor’s degrees online in Applied Health Science; English, Technical and Professional Writing; Natural Science and Mathematics, with a Mathematics Concentration; Communication Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Informatics; Political Science; Psychology; Mathematics; General Studies; and an R.N. to B.S.N. Mobility Option. IU East also offers Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics.

For more information about IU East’s online degree programs, visit iue.edu/online.