A website that specializes in comparing institutions of higher education has listed Chadron State College among the top five non-profit online colleges and universities in the nation. The list was published this week by SR Education Group’s flagship site, Guide to Online Schools.
CSC earned the No. 5 spot in the rankings, which resulted from the evaluations of more than 200 accredited online schools using standardized school metrics from the U.S. Department of Education and internal data.
“It gives us great pride to be mentioned among the top institutions in non-profit online education,” said Dr. Janie Park, CSC president. “CSC has long been a pioneer in distance education with faculty and staff who embrace technological opportunities to expand our reach. With tuition and fee costs much less than others at the top of the list, CSC continues to meet its mission of accessibility and serve as an unrivaled value.”
Metrics used in the rankings include cost of tuition, loan repayment rates, average rate of retention, student reviews of schools, and accreditation status. A number of statistics were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education.
CSC has been offering online courses since the late 1990s, when the technology was new. Park said the courses have especially been popular among students looking to advance but reluctant to relocate because of jobs and other commitments. The number of CSC courses offered by Internet has nearly tripled in the past five years.
More information about CSC’s online offerings may be found at www.csc.edu/online.
--Justin Haag, CSC Information Services