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Columbia College recognized in U.S.News & World Report's Top Online Education Programs

Columbia College’s online bachelor’s degree programs and the MBA program were recognized in the second edition of Top Online Education Programs by U.S.News & World Report. Recognition was based on teaching practices and student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology.

“We are pleased to be recognized by this prestigious organization,” said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. “We realized the importance of providing online education more than 11 years ago, and since then we’ve redoubled our efforts to enhance our online presence. This recognition is indicative of our commitment to become a model institution.”

U.S.News & World Report ranked online bachelor’s degree programs as well as online graduate degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education and computer information technology. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.

Columbia College offers 23 online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 2011 alone, nearly 24,000 students took an online course with the college. Each year, more than 800 undergraduate classes are offered through the Online Campus.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit