(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s online business degree was recently ranked as a top best value in online education by GetEducated.com.
SOU’s bachelor’s degree in business administration was ranked number 19 out of more than 100 programs. The Get Educated online university affordability rankings are based on a comprehensive nationwide survey of online learning costs at 67 regionally accredited colleges that offer 136 online degrees in business administration at the bachelor level.
“Online learning allows non-traditional students to attend America’s best universities in terms of brand reputation and affordability,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com. “Southern Oregon University is an undisputed Best Buy for students nationwide looking for a quality online business school with a top consumer ranking.”Online students pay only about $34,200 for an SOU online business degree. By comparison, other online programs cost on average $44,944.
“At SOU we recognize that students have commitments to work and family, and therefore find online education an excellent way to complete their college education,” said SOU School of Business Dean Raj Parikh. “In the School of Business we are seeing a marked increase in the demand for on-line education and have geared up to provide excellent education in a convenient format.”
Traditionally, online courses have been especially attractive to working adults and place-bound individuals. For those students, distance education offers the only option for obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree. The anytime, anyplace flexibility is what makes online programs so appealing. SOU has also found that traditional students also come to campus with the expectation that they can complete some of their course work online. For those students, technology has always been a part of their education and they expect flexible learning options during their college career.
Online courses also become important to traditional students when they encounter scheduling conflicts. Since students cannot be in two classes at the same time, they can opt for one course on-campus and one online and not risk prolonging time to graduation or missing out on an interesting subject.
As a public institution, SOU is affordable, accessible, and inclusive on campus and online. Many of the same faculty teaching on campus courses are also teaching online, in small classes that encourage student-instructor engagement despite the distance.
GetEducated.com is a consumer group that provides this data to the public as a service to help them locate high-quality, low-cost online education programs. A million online students visit GetEducated.com annually seeking advice on the 600-plus online bachelor degree programs that are ranked and reviewed. GetEducated.com launched the Best Buy awards program to spotlight America’s hidden gems of college affordability in the online learning sector.