The marketing and psychology programs at Fort Hays State University were recently named among the top online programs in the nation, according to the Online Education Database's 2013 Online College Rankings.
FHSU's marketing program was ranked second and the psychology program was ranked sixth.
Beginning with more than 3,000 schools, OEDb's researchers initially compiled a list of schools offering online learning as of November 2012, based on the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. It defined online schools as those that offer at least one degree program that can be earned completely online, are accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are listed on College Navigator.
OEDb calculated 11 different rankings to reflect the tremendous growth in online education and provide more guidance for students in their intended area of study in nursing, psychology, business administration, marketing, accounting, education, paralegal studies, criminal justice, computer science, information technology and graphic design.
Final rankings were compiled based on the key metrics including cost, selectivity in admissions, history of reputable accreditation, student loan default, institutional financial aid, graduation, retention, job placement rate and ratio of full-time to part-time faculty members.
OEDb, one of the earliest publishers to rank online colleges, with its first release in 2007, considers itself the premier repository of online education data. OEDb is a private, for-profit entity.
The rankings can be found at http://oedb.org/rankings/online-marketing-programs and http://oedb.org/rankings/online-psychology-programs.