High Marks for Distance Ed
By Erica Plouffe Lazure
East Carolina University‰s distance education
programs received top rankings from an organization that evaluates
online degree programs.
GetEducated.com ranked the university‰s online MBA
and computer science degree programs No. 1 nationally. ECU‰s online
education degree program was ranked No. 3.
The organization, which serves as a clearinghouse to
showcase and evaluate accredited online degrees, employs college
experts to review each online program. All three programs were deemed
,Best BuysŠ by the web site, http://www.geteducated.com/index.asp.
Elmer Poe, associate vice chancellor for academic
outreach at ECU, said part of the university‰s mission is to deliver
the best possible education to students, both on and off campus.
,ECU has strived not only to increase access through
online programs, but also to ensure that the programs are the best they
can be,Š he said.
ECU offers more than 50 undergraduate, graduate, and
certificate programs away from campus, and has the largest number of
enrolled distance education students in the state of North Carolina.
About 3,700 students are enrolled away from the campus in these