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ASU Recognized as a Top Online College

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Jan 29, 2018

Alabama State University has been ranked as one of the top online colleges in the state of Alabama.

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Alabama State University has been recognized as one of the Best Online Colleges in Alabama in 2018 for its excellence in online learning by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. 

ASU ranked No. 15 on the list of best online colleges in Alabama.

“Alabama State University is honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. William A. Person, dean of The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School. “With the expansion of online courses and programs, ASU is creating outstanding educational opportunities, particularly for our non-traditional students.”

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges of 2018 include the following:

  • Regional accreditation
  • In-state tuition and fees
  • Percent of full-time undergraduate students receive institutional financial aid
  • Number of online programs offered
  • Student-to-teacher ratio


"We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org, in a news release. "These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

An in-depth look at ASU’s top rankings and its detailed methodology can be seen at Best Online Colleges in Alabama.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV.

A “bang for your buck” metrics, the PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost).

About AffordableCollegesOnline.org

AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Its free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities and online learning resources. ACO features higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. ACO has been featured by more than 1,000 postsecondary institutions and more than 100 government organizations.

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