Back in July, we posted that U.S. News and World Report plans to introduce rankings for online colleges. Well that time is almost here. On January 10th, 2012, U.S News will launch their inaugural rankings exclusively on usnews.com, using data compiled from all online bachelor’s degree programs and five master’s level education programs in the United States. The 5 master’s programs that will be ranked are:
- Computer Information Technology
The number of students enrolled in online degree programs is increasing, and quickly. According to one study, “Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011,” it is reported that more than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2010. 10.1 percent more than the previous year. Continue reading
Last Friday, Best Online Universities North hosted our annual holiday party at Revolution Brewery in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. We celebrated with staff from our Houston office and our significant others as well as valued partners and contractors. The festive evening began with cocktails and a brewery tour, followed by a delicious feast of bacon-fat popcorn, assorted pizzas, chicken wings, pulled-pork sandwiches and other snacks. The night reminded us all of the successes we’ve achieved in 2011, and of the ambitious plans we have for 2012. Continue reading
Last week, an article was published on Campus Technology.com by Richard Rose, who is the program chairman for instructional technology and design at West Texas A&M University. In the article, Rose reveals 6 easy steps for online success. For the benefit of our readers, I’ve summarized his points below. Don’t forget to check out the full article, here.
Secret 1: UX and Layout Matter
While early on, it was excusable for web-based courses to appear as if they were thrown together by a novice, with varying font sizes and lack of structure, it is not acceptable today. It’s imperative that not only is the content of the course well planned for and interesting, but that layout and structure are thoroughly considered as well. The bottom line is that students won’t respect the material if the course looks like a tech-savvy middle school student put it together. Continue reading
We’ve added 3 new staff members this fall to meet our growing company’s needs. The new hires will help us further the development and growth of our niche websites to generate highly qualified leads for accredited universities across the United States.
Additional reporting capabilities and better account tracking will increase lead generation opportunities
Chicago, IL – (September 2nd 2011) – Best Online Universities LLC announced updates to their proprietary technology Best Online Monetization (BOM) today, including additional data reports, reporting visuals, and enhanced account tracking features.
Find and enroll in accredited online degree programs from colleges and universities across the United States as back-to-school season approaches
CHICAGO, IL – ( Aug 18, 2011) – For prospective college students who are interested in getting a higher education, but who haven’t enrolled in a degree program yet, Best Online Universities LLC, houses a robust catalog of accredited degree programs across the United States. Interested students can request information directly from schools and enroll in online and brick-and-mortar degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and post-doctorate degree levels. Continue reading
On Saturday, October 8th, 2011, approximately 40 dedicated hikers who have raised funds for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer will embark on a 26 mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail located in Big Bear, CA. The goal is to complete this challenging course in one day, rain or shine, and raise essential funds for pediatric cancer research.
We’re growing! BOU Chicago added new team member Becky Mastey and BOU Houston welcomes Amy Evans!
Becky joins Best Online Universities as a Web Developer. Prior to joining BOU, she worked as a freelance PHP developer for just over five years. She has also done stints as a reporter for the local paper and has experience as a technical writer and project manager for web start-ups. Becky lives with her four children in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her kids, walking around local nature preserves and baking delicious cookies!
Today, the BOU North content team joined forces with Brandi, writer and editor from BOU South for our inaugural “Web Content Mini-Summit 2011″. We reviewed various best practices and tips for creating great web content on our sites including blog posts, articles, multimedia and social strategy. We made great strides towards updating and improving our company-wide style guide. More to come on that later. We broke for lunch at The Counter with the entire BOU North team! Continue reading
While online classes, with the flexibility they allow, have made it possible for more non-traditional students to complete degree programs, Web-based colleges need to take measures to ensure courses are effective in teaching, developing and retaining students. Students aren’t off the hook either. Taking classes online requires discipline and motivation, two things often overlooked by prospective online learners. Continue reading