Webster named best in state, sixth in nation for online programs


According to one site which helps connect students with online programs, Webster University has the best online class in Missouri, and the sixth best in the nation.

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org ranked Webster sixth out of a total of 1,461 colleges and universities.

In the 1990s, Webster launched online classes in order to meet the needs of modern students. Webster President Elizabeth Stroble said this ranking shows that Webster University has continued to innovate to meet students’ needs.

“By developing Webster’s capabilities in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, we help students complete courses, certificates and degree programs on their terms in ways that assure their success,” Stroble said.

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org said Webster University topped the list with a score of 99.80, moving up five spots since 2016. The rankings are based on availability of financial aid opportunities, school counseling services, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates.

Webster University offers more than 25 online graduate degrees and five online undergraduate degrees.

The rankings review of the online programs said the courses at Webster are also tailored with online learning in mind, through the use of platforms like WorldClassRoom, where students can access the same faculty who teach the courses in person.

“Students are able to access their courses digitally from anywhere and at any time,” the review said. “Students also have access to other students for networking opportunities.”

The factors for rankings are based on a “peer-based value,” which compares the cost of a program offered at one college to other college programs with the same or similar score and cost.

Webster’s score in the state was 99.8. In the nation, the college scored 98.67 out of 100.

Provost Julian Schuster said the university will continue to make sure that students get the best online classroom experience possible.

“We know that not everyone learns the same and for some students, an online program is more convenient as well as more conducive to learning,” Schuster said. “Our online programs continue to expand and attract a growing number of students, and Webster University will continue to invest in online to make sure our students receive the best possible experience.”

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