FullColorFullTextUMA has made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, ranking 103rd in a survey of 237 institutions participating.

“UMA is justifiably proud of its online offerings, which have been steadily growing over the past few years,” says President Handley. “Today, UMA students earn over 25% of their credits through online classes, and more and more of our programs offer an online option.”

Survey scores were based on statistical data gathered from questionnaires about each institution’s online specific bachelor's degree programs. 50% of the ranking was from the school’s student engagement, 25% from faculty credentials and training, and 25% from services and technology available to students in the programs. The data was taken between July 1, 2011 and June 30,2012.

“We are pleased to have been ranked in the top half of this survey, especially since only universities that consider themselves as doing a good job with online learning would have chosen to participate,” says President Handley. “We feel we were competing with the very best in the nation and we fared very well.”

“At the same time, we will not be complacent,” adds Handley. “We will continue to strive for excellence in online and distance education as it becomes an increasingly desirable and accessible way to obtain a degree for Mainers and beyond.”

A full list of the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in the survey can be found here: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings 

The individual scoring for the University of Maine at Augusta can be found here: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-maine-at-augusta-6760/bachelors