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Florida online degree programs do well in latest U.S. News rankings

Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. [ University of Florida ]

Florida schools continued to place high in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of online programs, according to results released Tuesday.

For online bachelor’s degrees, the University of Florida ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row and the University of Central Florida ranked No. 8.

In a related category that ranks programs on how well they serve veterans, the University of Florida also ranked No. 1 for online bachelor’s degrees, while Daytona’s Embry Riddle University ranked No. 2.

More than 1,800 programs submitted data for evaluation across disciplines including psychology, business, education, criminal justice, engineering and nursing. The rankings were based on criteria such as engagement, faculty credentials, technology, peer assessment and the profile of entering students.

“The success of UF’s online degree programs exemplifies the university’s commitment to high-quality offerings across platforms,” Joe Glover, UF’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said in a news release.

In a separate release, University of Central Florida President Alexander Cartwright said the school has had a history of trying to reach students from different backgrounds.

“Our recent rankings show we continue to be among the best in the nation for online programs — providing flexibility and increasing opportunity for students to succeed in critical, high-wage jobs that support our local and state economies,” he said.

UCF also tied for No. 1 among online bachelor’s programs in psychology.

UF tied for the No. 1 spot for online master’s programs in education and for online bachelor’s programs in business.

For online master’s of business administration programs, UF ranked No. 4 and the University of South Florida ranked No. 19, up 63 spots over the last five years.

Florida State University ranked No. 5 among online master’s programs in information technology and No. 5 among online master’s programs in criminal justice.

For online nursing master’s programs, UCF ranked. No. 10.

For a full list of rankings, click here.

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story contained incorrect information on the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s programs in business. The university tied for the No. 1 spot in that category.)

The flyer included information on the governor’s higher education budget proposals as well.

DeSantis proposes $100 million for “recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty at state universities,” plus $15 million for faculty and student recruitment at New College of Florida, where he plans a conservative-led overhaul.

”We’re putting our money where our mouth is,“ he said.

The New College board meets today for the first time since the six appointments. DeSantis expressed confidence in the direction the new trustees are taking and said students who are upset about the changes should be able to transfer easily.

Ray Rodrigues, chancellor of the State University System, praised the governor and Legislature for supporting Florida’s public universities while other states have cut back.

”We believe in pursuing academic excellence and that is our goal,” Rodrigues said. “We reject indoctrination.”

Times Staff Writer Thomas C. Tobin contributed to this report. Divya Kumar covers higher education for the Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with Open Campus.

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