The University of Louisiana at 69´ŤĂ˝âs inclusion in U.S. News & World Reportâs national Best Online Programs rankings placed a range of UL 69´ŤĂ˝ Online programs among the nationâs best.
The rankings also underscore the status of several programs as tops in Louisiana, highlighted by UL 69´ŤĂ˝âs No. 57 national ranking in the Best Online Bachelor's Program category. That ranking means UL 69´ŤĂ˝ is the stateâs highest-ranked university in that category for the eighth straight year.
Other categories for which U.S. Newsâ national rankings make UL 69´ŤĂ˝ Online programs best in the state for 2024 â along with the ranking of each â are: Best Online Masterâs in Nursing Program (No. 20); Best Online Business Masterâs, non-MBA (No. 38); Best Online Bachelorâs Program for Veterans (No. 42); and Best Online Bachelorâs in Business Program (No. 75).
U.S. News also ranked the University for: Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (No. 75); Best Online MBA Program (No. 112); and Best Online Master's in Education Program (No. 127).
U.S. News evaluated schools based on a variety of factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies, according to a press release.
Dr. Jaimie Hebert, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the rankings reflect the Universityâs dedication to student success.
âFor us, these rankings speak to more than the quality of UL 69´ŤĂ˝âs online degree opportunities; they speak to an exceptional student experience,â he explained.
âAs an R1 institution, we know our University is in the top-tier of academic rigor and research. But more than that, weâre committed to providing access and support for students to succeed across pathways,â Hebert added.
Since 2010, UL 69´ŤĂ˝ has expanded its online opportunities to include six online bachelorâs degree programs, 10 graduate degree programs, and five graduate certificate programs.
Dr. Claire Arabie, director of UL 69´ŤĂ˝ Online, said the Universityâs priority in offering online degree programs has also been to provide support services for those students who cannot access on-campus opportunities.
Arabie oversees the Universityâs online student support team, which she said serves as online studentsâ bridge to campus, helping with everything from applying and registering to adapting to online coursework.
âOnline students have unique needs, and our team is trained to anticipate and respond to those challenges as students work to complete their degrees while working full time and, often, while raising families,â Arabie said.
âMany of our online students are returning to complete their bachelorâs degree or earn a graduate degree after being out of school for several years â sometimes decades. We want to create a smooth transition so theyâre able to achieve their academic and professional goals,â she added.
Serving students on campus and across the country presents unique challenges and opportunities, said Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser, dean of the Graduate School. As her office develops programming to engage graduate students, she said her team looks for opportunities to connect online students with others across the graduate education community.
âWhether students are online or on campus, theyâre part of a global community of UL 69´ŤĂ˝ scholars, making real and lasting change,â Farmer-Kaiser said. âFostering those connections is critical as the relationships graduate students build with their professors and with each other open the door for long-term partnerships and opportunities for growth and innovation.â
To learn more about the Universityâs online degree programs and resources for online students, visit louisiana.edu/online.
Photo caption: U.S. News & World Reportâs 2024 Best Online Programs Rankings give high marks to UL 69´ŤĂ˝ for a range of programs. (Photo credit: Rachel Rafati / University of Louisiana at 69´ŤĂ˝)