Southwestern College online program ranked in U.S. News and World Report

CONTACT: Deb Stockman, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing 888-684-5335 ext. 214

Winfield, Kan., Jan. 18, 2013 — “U.S. News and World Report’s” 2013 rankings of the best online programs have been announced and Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS) has been listed in two of the six categories, including overall best online bachelor’s program.

SCPS earned a #30 ranking out of 1,767 schools polled for best online bachelor’s program and #64 out of 1,043 schools polled for best online education program.

“We are very excited to be recognized with this ranking,” said Pamela Monaco, vice president and chief academic officer of Southwestern College Professional Studies. ”Our number one priority is to help learners working in the professional world achieve their educational goals, and our programs reflect what is needed in today’s world. Southwestern College Professional Studies instructors and staff continuously evaluate the programs to assure they are current with national and global demands.” Southwestern College has been offering online bachelor's degree programs since 2001. All of the classes are delivered via the internet, so students can access course material at their own convenience.

Southwestern College Professional Studies offers online programs designed for adults and their unique needs. Online learning provides the flexibility to complete educational goals while meeting work and family obligations.

“The ranking reflects feedback from graduate students indicating that their learning experiences from the faculty place them among those in the top 10% (actually 6.4%) of online graduate education programs in the nation,” says David Hofmeister, chair of the education division at Southwestern College. “This is excellent feedback from graduate students about the quality of the Southwestern College education faculty and their learning experiences.”

According to “U.S News and World Report,” creating the 2013 rankings required two steps. The first step was compiling a list of schools offering bachelor's degree programs online—including programs that enroll full-time first-year students as well as those that typically admit new entrants with credits toward a degree. Step two was collecting data from these schools.

For more information contact Deb Stockman at (888) 684-5335 ext. 214, e-mail, or visit the website at

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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