Eastern ranks among top U.S. online business administration associate degree programs


WILBURTON, OK (Dec. 9, 2019) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has been recognized among the top online business administration associate degree programs in the nation by Intelligent.com. Eastern ranked No. 36 out of the programs evaluated.

The website that identifies as a student-focused, comprehensive research guide compiled its rankings based on an assessment of 224 accredited colleges and universities across the nation. Each program was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.

Eastern launched five fully online degree programs in the fall of 2016. The programs include business administration, psychology/sociology, criminal justice, computer information systems, and general studies. Eastern received a nearly $2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop the online degree programs and student support services for online learners. The Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) project was designed to provide opportunities for students to create flexible schedules with online classes and services without the need to travel to campus.

Dr. Karen Harrison, interim vice president of Academic Affairs, said the online course curriculum meets the same rigorous academic standards as traditional face-to-face courses. The admission requirements are also the same for both the online and traditional programs.

“Our faculty members work hard to provide the best online education experience possible for students,” Harrison said. “We are pleased with this recognition and believe the ranking demonstrates to current and future students that choosing Eastern is a smart investment in their future career goals.”

Eastern was one of only three Oklahoma institutions recognized on the rankings. Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University also appear on the list.

According to Intelligent.com, the 2020 rankings were calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each college and university.

Eastern is now enrolling for the spring semester and classes start Jan. 6. Visit eosc.edu/online to learn more about online degree programs available at Eastern.

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