Online MBA Program Repeats as Illinois’ Top Program of Its Type

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2022 Best Online Programs rankings, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that its online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked as the top program of its type in Illinois for the second consecutive year. The publication also recognized four other online programs offered by USF, including two named as the best private programs in Illinois.

Recognized USF programs included:

  • Online MBA Program – #1 ranked program in Illinois for the second consecutive year (top 37 percent nationally);
  • Online Graduate Education Program – #1 ranked private program in Illinois (top 14 percent nationally);
  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA) – #1 ranked private program in Illinois (top 40 percent nationally);
  • Online Bachelor’s Program – #4 ranked private program in Illinois (top 20 percent nationally), and;
  • Online Nursing Program – #3 ranked private program in Illinois (top 38 percent nationally).

As online education programs gain in popularity and demand, USF continues to successfully leverage its over 20-year history of offering quality options that meet the changing needs of students interested in earning undergraduate and graduate degrees.

USF’s comprehensive programs and dedicated faculty continue to position the University strongly in comparison to its peers. Another important factor in this positioning according to Eric Wignall, USF vice president of admissions, is the University’s student-first focus.

“Students need to learn about our world and be prepared to join a profession, start a business, care for a patient, teach in a classroom, or explain ideas in a boardroom. These rankings are a wonderful validation that our programs and our instruction meet the needs of our students and expectations of their employers,” said Wignall.

“At the core, USF focuses on students. Yes, we concentrate our efforts on their safety and pay close attention to making our campus a great place to live, but we start and end with student learning. Our mission is to prepare women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership,” said Wignall.

Visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid/online for more information on USF’s online programs.

Visit usnews.com/education/online-education for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs rankings.

About U.S News & World Report’s Ranking Methodology

U.S. News has been publishing school rankings in the education sector since 1983 and has done so specifically for online degree programs since 2013. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, U.S. News calculates rankings based on a variety of factors, which hold different weights depending on the ranking category. A program’s score for each factor, or ranking indicator, is calculated using data that online programs report to U.S. News in an annual survey. The rankings methodologies for online programs are separate from those for U.S. News’ Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings. Ranking methodologies are typically updated on an annual basis.

Additional details are available at usnews.com/education/online-education.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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U.S. News & World Report Names USF Online MBA Program the Best in Illinois

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report released its 2021 Best Online Programs rankings today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that its online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked as the top program of its type in Illinois.

The publication also recognized four other online programs offered by USF, including two named as the best private programs in the State.

Recognized USF programs included:

  • Online MBA Program – #1 ranked program in Illinois (one of the top 43 percent in the US);
  • Online Graduate Education Program – #1 ranked private program in Illinois (top 28 percent nationally);
  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA) – #1 ranked private program in Illinois (top 44 percent nationally);
  • Online Bachelor’s Program – #3 ranked private program in Illinois (top 16 percent nationally), and;
  • Online Nursing Program – #4 ranked private program in Illinois (top 43 percent nationally).

Throughout 2020, USF celebrated its centennial and the many significant milestones that have contributed to the University’s success to date. Among those celebrated milestones was USF first introducing online courses and degree programs in 1998. Last spring, USF’s vast experience administering high quality, academic programs remotely was of high benefit and played a key role to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For over twenty years, USF has continued to expand its comprehensive online programs and is now recognized for offering many of the State’s top private, online programs. The University’s experience in this area played an important role in the call to pivot to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as with the programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report, we largely credit the success of this pivot to a faculty committed to high-quality teaching via all delivery methods,” USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., said.

While colleges and universities across the country are developing a larger presence in world of online learning in higher education, as well, USF continues to stand out among its peers. One primary reason for this, according to Eric Wignall, USF Vice President of Admissions, Enrollment Services and Marketing, is the University’s student-first focus.

“They need to learn about our world and be prepared to join a profession, start a business, care for a patient, teach in a classroom, or explain ideas in a boardroom. These rankings are a wonderful validation of those efforts,” said Wignall.

“At the core, USF focuses on students. Yes, we concentrate our efforts on their safety and pay close attention to making our campus a great place to live, but we start and end with student learning. Our mission is to prepare women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership,” said Wignall.

“High rankings are nice, but our student’s success is the real measure of what we are doing. Their high graduation rate, the internships, and the great jobs they land after graduation are the best ‘grades’ we can earn for USF.  When our students learn more they can do more, and they get real value from what St. Francis offers,” Wignall added.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the place for quality online options, web-based education was already gaining momentum in higher education, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“Nearly 3.3 million higher education students enrolled exclusively in distance education programs in fall 2018, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Whether a student is just starting a degree program or switched to online learning due to these unprecedented circumstances, online colleges can provide the flexibility to study from anywhere. Students with family responsibilities or full-time jobs may also be able to work around their own schedules. Whether a student is just starting a degree program or switched to online learning due to these unprecedented circumstances, online colleges can provide the flexibility to study from anywhere,” usnews.com reported.

Visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid/online for more information on USF’s online programs.

Visit usnews.com/education/online-education for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs rankings.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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Five USF Online Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report released its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that five of its online programs were recognized in the publication.

Recognized USF programs included:

  • Online Bachelor’s Program – top 16 percent nationally (3rd highest ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Graduate Education Program – top 19 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA) – top 34 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online MBA Program – top 44 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Nursing Program – top 45 percent nationally (4th highest ranked private program in Illinois)

USF introduced its first online courses and degree programs in 1998 and has since served as one of higher education’s online learning pioneers. USF President Arvid C. Johnson believes that twenty years of offering programs of this type has allowed the University to share them with as wide of a variety of students as possible.

“Since first entering the online education field over twenty years ago, the University has continued to expand its comprehensive online programs and is now recognized for offering many of the State’s top private, online programs. We largely credit this to a faculty committed to high-quality teaching via all delivery methods, which enables the University to provide highly-valued degrees to busy students who appreciate the flexibility that online education offers them,” Johnson said.

The variety and availability of quality online education program options continues to increase annually as more and more colleges and universities across the U.S. expand their academic offerings. While that competition increases from year to year, USF continues to stand out among its peers.

“With more competition, and more schools trying to provide online programs, USF quality continues to rise and our ranking shows that,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President of Admissions, Enrollment Services and Marketing.

Wignall pointed to the University’s focus on students as the driving reason for higher rankings.

“We’ve created a university where students learn in small groups, using high-tech labs, with shared student-faculty research experiences, and in hundreds of internships. We have faculty and staff who are fully engaged in student learning. It’s not a secondary concern at USF—it’s the primary focus,” he said.

According to usnews.com, “At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, U.S. News calculates rankings based on a variety of factors, which hold different weights depending on the ranking category. A program’s score for each factor, or ranking indicator, is calculated using data that online programs report to U.S. News in an annual survey. The rankings methodologies for online programs are different and separate from those for U.S. News’ Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings. Ranking methodologies are updated on an annual basis.”

Visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid/online for more information on USF’s online programs.

Visit usnews.com/education/online-education for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs rankings.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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USF Makes U.S. News’ 2019 “Best Online Programs” List

January 15, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Online Programs list today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that five of its online programs were recognized from a pool of over 1,540 programs across the nation– 55 more than last year’s pool. This is U.S. News & World Report’s eighth year of ranking distance education programs.

USF’s top-ranked programs included:

  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA)
    Top private school program in Illinois (tie).
  • Online Graduate Education Program
    Top private school program in Illinois.
  • Online MBA Program
    Top private school program in Illinois.

Other USF programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report, among others offered by private Illinois schools, included USF’s online bachelor’s program (top 22% nationally) and USF’s online nursing program (top 36% nationally).

“As an early entrant in the online education field, the University of St. Francis was a true pioneer. The university has continued to expand its comprehensive online programs and is now recognized for offering many of the state’s top private, online programs. We largely credit this to a faculty committed to high-quality teaching via all delivery methods, which enables the university to provide highly-valued degrees to busy students who appreciate the flexibility that online education offers them,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

According to usnews.com, “Indicators specific to the Best Online Programs rankings focus on graduate indebtedness, course delivery and academic and career support made available to students remotely. Ultimately, the Best Online Programs rankings measure whether online degree programs have academic standards commensurate with quality brick-and-mortar programs, properly adapted toward the unique pedagogy of distance education.”

Click here for more information on USF’s online programs or click here for more about U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs rankings.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.