Top 25 of 2012: College of Ed shines online

College of Education Dean La Vonne I. Neal
La Vonne I. Neal

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 20

When NIU was founded in 1895 it was the “Castle on the Hill” drawing students from across the region to DeKalb to learn how to become teachers. Today, the NIU College of Education is gaining national attention for its ability to take education to students, via the Internet.

U.S News and World Report in January announced that the NIU College of Education had earned a place on its Honor Roll for Online Graduate Education Programs. Only 14 programs in the nation were afforded that distinction.

From an initial field of more than 1,000 graduate programs in education, U.S. News narrowed the field to 161 meeting a specific set of criteria for online offerings.

Among those finalists, the NIU College of Education was ranked:

  • First in the nation for the credentials of its online faculty.
  • Seventh in student services and technology for online courses.
  • Twenty-sixth for student engagement and accreditation.

The complete story is available online.

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