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Online Leadership in the Public Sector Program Moves Up in National Rankings

Dan Snedden

NC State gained ground in the latest ranking of online degree programs from U.S. News & World Report, underscoring the university’s rising reputation for academic excellence. The rankings are based on a combination of factors, including student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and student services and technology.

The biggest mover for NC State was the online degree completion program, Leadership in the Public Sector, which jumped from 103rd place last year to 71st on this year’s list.

Deanna Dannels, associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, says the undergraduate program creates an academic community where online students get to know one another, their advisers and their faculty.

“Students become part of the same academic community as any other major in our college and take courses that are equal in academic quality and rigor as our more traditional college courses,” she says.

The program, which appeals to many military and nontraditional students, is directed by Amanda Edwards in the School of Public and International Affairs.