CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Online Education Gets Top Rating

Date: 12-03-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has been ranked No. 1 in the state for online education by a popular technology and education website.

Edudemic, a Seattle-based website founded in 2010, rated 740 California colleges and universities based on criteria including graduation and retention rates, cost and availability of financial aid, and clarity and ease of use of materials for the online programs.

“California is the most populous state in the country, so it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of schools that offer a quality online education,” the introduction to the Edudemic rankings states. “The best online university in California is California State University, Chico. Their strong academic performance indicators, along with thoughtful responses to our questions about online education, landed them in the top spot. At only $233.40 per credit hour for in-state residents, they are also one of the most affordable schools in California.”

CSU, Chico’s online programs include Bachelor of Arts degrees in social science, liberal studies and sociology and Master of Science degrees in nursing and agricultural education.

Edudemic’s Online College Report 2015 rankings can be viewed at http://www.edudemic.com/online-colleges-in-california/.

“Chico State’s experienced faculty, academic advisors and support professionals are dedicated to our students. We admit motivated students and challenge them with the same academic rigor as our on-campus degree programs. Our online students should be commended for their academic achievements reflected in high graduation rates,” remarked Debra Barger, dean, Regional and Continuing Education.

CSU, Chico has been offering distance education programming for 39 years: first via a regional microwave link, then through a national satellite network, and now for 19 years online. CSU, Chico is considered a pioneer in both live streaming and asynchronous online course and degree programming production and delivery. More information about Chico Distance & Online Education and CSU, Chico’s online course offerings is at http://rce.csuchico.edu/online.