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Top 14 of 2014: Second to none

December 26, 2014

U.S. News & World Report badge: Best Online Programs Grad Education 2014As 2014 draws to a close, NIU Today offers a look back at 14 of the top stories from the year.

No. 5

NIU is the best place in the nation to earn online master’s degrees in education.

So said U.S. News and World Report, which in January released its third annual rankings of online programs – the only ones published that compare data of online degree programs rather than the schools that offer them.

The NIU College of Education jumped from last year’s No. 4 ranking to earn a perfect score of 100 and sit atop a list of 170 graduated schools ranked. This year’s measurements incorporate program ratings by peer institutions and assign greater weight to student engagement.

“This top ranking is a result of our continuing efforts to serve our scholars’ technology-driven lifestyles and set a high standard for online education,” said Dean La Vonne I. Neal. “I am proud of the efforts of our faculty and staff to uncompromisingly maintain our tradition of high quality education.”