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Regent Online Education Programs Ranked Second in the Nation

| January 6, 2009

In just one year, Regent University's undergraduate online programs have moved from seventh to second place nationally, based on the OEDb (Online Education Database) third annual Online College Rankings released January 5.

OEDb's Online College Rankings 2009 ranks 44 undergraduate colleges and universities that offer many of their degree programs online. OEDb.org has millions of visitors each year, and hundreds of thousands of potential students turn to these rankings each year when considering online study.

"Regent University is thrilled to be recognized on a national level for our undergraduate online programs," said Tracy Stewart, vice president of Information Technology and executive director of the School of Undergraduate Studies. "We were able to build upon proven best practices and technology from our online graduate programs to launch our young undergraduate program on a solid foundation. And our faculty and students' commitment to the online programs is another indication of their quality."

Nova Southeastern University topped this year's rankings, followed by Regent University and Champlain College. The remaining schools in the top ten include: Upper Iowa University, LeTourneau University, Liberty University, Grand Canyon University, Dickinson State University, Salem International University and Keiser, respectively.

OEDb's rankings are based on data derived from eight different metrics: acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, peer Web citations, retention rate, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratio, and years accredited. The resulting ranking accumulates the average ranking in each metric for which data was available.

Online education is growing in popularity due to its flexible, portable and cost-effective nature. However, the reputation of online education is still somewhat affected by questions of accreditation and course rigor, according to OEDb, which strives to make online education more transparent with objective rankings that compare the leading accredited online colleges.

OEDb spokesperson Ashley Merusi said, "OEDb's annual Online College Rankings are a valuable asset to students considering online education. During these challenging financial times, it is more important than ever that students make sure they are getting a valuable education for their tuition dollar. We recognize the top 20 schools as the leading degree-granting online institutions."

OEDb's Online College Rankings 2009 is available at http://oedb.org/rankings.


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