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University of La Verne Recognized Nationally for Online Programs

Online learning has become a vital tool since the emergence of COVID-19, providing a safe and effective way for students to achieve their educational goals. Long-distance education has helped educators and learners stay ahead of the learning curve, while flattening the curve of the pandemic.

As the growing need for online education soars, the University of La Verne has risen to the occasion. La Verne Online has continued to provide top-ranked online programming for students looking to pursue associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. These robust programs have been meeting students’ needs for flexibility and are taught by the University of La Verne’s experienced faculty in a way that ensures quality and convenience.

U.S. News & World Report, which ranks higher education programs, recognized the quality of University of La Verne online programs in four categories of its 2021 rankings released January 26.

Among California colleges and universities offering online bachelor’s degree programs, the University of La Verne ranked fourth. It also ranked fourth in bachelor’s programs for veterans and third for undergraduate business degrees in the state. The online MBA program ranked sixth among California institutions.

“The key to successful online teaching is proactive engagement from the faculty member and clear expectations from the get-go,” said Issam Ghazzawi, a professor of management who teaches online courses at the University of La Verne. Ghazzawi sends out a welcome message with the course syllabus before classes start in order to build enthusiasm and to help alleviate fear and isolation. He also responds to all student emails. “Keeping the engagement makes students feel they are not alone,” he said.

U.S. News & World Report rankings draw on both statistical information provided by colleges and universities and a peer reputational survey. Ranking scores are based on a formula giving weight to major factors viewed as important to student success. Among these are graduation rate, class size, student indebtedness, technological infrastructure, and student support services. Faculty preparedness to teach distance learners is also part of an institution’s score.

The University of La Verne’s online programs include:
• Associate of Arts in General Studies
• Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
• Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology
• Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
• Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
• Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
• Master of Business Administration for Experienced Professionals (MBAX)
• Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Development
• Master of Science in Leadership and Management

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive institution founded on four core values: lifelong learning, ethical reasoning, civic and community engagement, and diversity and inclusivity. The university serves nearly 7,000 students on the historic La Verne central campus as well as across nine regional campuses and online. To learn more about the University of La Verne’s online programs, visit laverne.edu/online.

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