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UMA Climbs to 61st in Nation for Best Online Programs, says U.S. News & World Reports

AUGUSTA, Maine, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Reports selected UMA in its national ranking of universities offering top online degree programs.

After making U.S. News & World Reports top picks last year with a national ranking of 103rd in Best Online Bachelor programs, UMA climbed this year to 61st in the nation among the almost 300 schools considered by the magazine.

"We are not only pleased to have made U.S. News & World Reports top rankings again this year, but our climb to 61st in the nation affirms our strong commitment and continuing efforts to provide students with the very best in online offerings," says Allyson Handley, President of UMA.

UMA offers nine online degree programs and over 200 online courses each year.

"Nearly 30% of UMA students complete the majority of their coursework online and that number continues to grow," says UMA Dean Tom Abbott, who co-chairs UMA Distance Learning Council. "UMA will continue to strengthen our offerings to meet the growing demand."

The U.S. News & World Reports' rankings are based on statistical data gathered from questionnaires about each institution's online specific bachelor's degree programs.  The factors considered were, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and teaching practices and student engagement. The data was taken between July 2013 and September 2013.

A full list of the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in the survey can be found here:

The individual scoring for the University of Maine at Augusta can be found here:

For more information, contact Rachel McFadden 207-621-3271

SOURCE University of Maine at Augusta

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