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USF’s online programs among best in country

St. Francis receives national recognition for online learning

JOLIET, Ill. — The University of St. Francis is ranked among the best online education programs in the nation in the latest listings from U.S. News & World Report.

In its “Best Online Education Programs 2013,” the leading educational ranking publisher placed USF 28th of 237 schools for its online bachelor’s programs and 33rd of 101 schools for online graduate nursing programs. The university also was ranked 65th of 208 for online graduate education programs and 80th of 213 for online graduate business programs.

“The USF community is delighted to learn about our outstanding rankings,” said Chuck Beutel, vice president for admissions and enrollment. “USF offers a superior online learning experience by developing each course in-house, training faculty and supporting its online students.”

USF has been one of the largest providers of online education in Illinois since it piloted its online business program 15 years ago, Beutel said.

“We were a pioneer in online learning back in 1998,” he said. “It makes sense that USF should be one of the best.”

Studies of online learning have found that a vast majority of students enrolling in online programs live within 50 miles of the university’s physical campus. Among Illinois schools, USF has the top ranking online graduate nursing programs of any public or private school.

To learn more about USF’s online offerings and to preview an online class, visit www.stfrancis.edu/admissions. Or, join USF admissions counselors during their next online information session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at www.stfrancis.edu.

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