Northwood University Ranks 9th in Faculty Credentials and Training and 15th in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement in U.S.News & World Report's Top Online Education Program Rankings

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Northwood University earns rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University earned the 9th spot among Faculty Credentials and Training and 15th in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement for Undergraduate programs in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

Online bachelor's degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology were ranked. These rankings were created in response to today's high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one's schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.

"This is an excellent affirmation of the hard work and dedication of the Northwood faculty," said Keith A. Pretty, Northwood University president and CEO. "We have invested in faculty training for the online program and courses over the past three years to better serve the evolving needs of our students."

While U.S. News has applied some of its ranking standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.

Online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in three different categories: teaching practices and student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. The online master's degree programs were ranked in similar categories but were evaluated on student engagement and accreditation as opposed to assessment. There was also a separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity.

There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year. Instead, U.S. News created non-numeric honor roll lists of online programs. There is one honor roll for online bachelor's degree programs and one each for the master's degree programs, excluding computer information technology. Each list includes programs that performed well across a series of numeric indicator rankings.

Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to http://www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

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ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.