Posted on: January 15, 2013
U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson College No. 4 out of 101 eligible institutions in the category of 2013 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.
This is the second year U.S. News offered a Top Online Education Programs for Higher Education category and the second year Clarkson College applied for and achieved top-ranking status in that sector, this time earning a total of 74.2 out of 75 possible points. U.S. News implemented the category last year to give consumers a clearer picture of the growing importance of online education in the college experience and the unique formula necessary to make online degree programs successful.
“Attaining this status is a direct reflection of faculty excellence and administrative support,” said Dr. Pat Coyle-Rogers, Director of Graduate Nursing at Clarkson College. “This national recognition of our online MSN programs speaks to the quality of our educational processes, the work ethic of our students and our commitment to the Clarkson College Mission of preparing students to professionally provide high quality, ethical and compassionate health care services.”
U.S. News & World Report sent statistical questionnaires to 471 institutions that granted CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) accredited graduate degree programs in Nursing. Among them, 101 (36 percent) said they would be offering an online Master's in Nursing degree program in accordance with U.S. News standards.
To measure overall program quality and effectiveness of the online programs, U.S. News assessed the following distinct indicators: student engagement and accreditation, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and admissions selectivity. The average score of the top 50 colleges and universities that made the rankings was 63.2, 11 points below the score received by Clarkson College.
“Clarkson College is pleased to be ranked among and above such nationally renowned colleges and universities,” said Dr. Louis Burgher, President of Clarkson College. “This honor demonstrates our ability to compete at a national level, as well as meet growing industry demands and expectations for future health care professionals.”
To view the complete list of the 2013 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.