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  NSU School of Extended Learning Ranked Second
  in List for Most Affordable Online College Degree
  Programs in Virginia


(NSU Newsroom—November 20, 2013)—The Norfolk State University School of Extended Learning was ranked this month as the second most affordable college or university in Virginia for online degree programs, according to an organization that tracks distance learning.

Affordable Colleges Online, the organization that released the ranking, cited the NSU School of Extended Learning for its “exceptional collection of distance learning options at a very affordable price.” The group named several of the school’s online degree program offerings such as Interdisciplinary Studies, Health Management, History, and also the Master’s degree programs in Teaching, Urban Education and Pre-Elementary Education.

The group analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 accredited colleges and universities across the United States, according to its website, affordablecollegesonline.org. The NSU School of Extended Learning, because of a “combination of quality, affordability, and flexibility,” was ranked second out of 18 Virginia colleges and universities listed.

Dr. Arletha McSwain, Dean of the NSU School of Extended Learning, said the ranking helps to further solidify the program as a premier online degree option for current and prospective students.

“The insurgence of online education is happening all over the country,” McSwain said. “What’s unique about NSU is that while distance learning is growing, we’re making certain at NSU that we don’t lose sight of the quality in all of our online degree programs.”

Last year, the School of Extended Learning was mentioned as one of the top colleges or universities for ‘Return on Investment’ for students, according to the same ranking service. In that poll, Norfolk State University was ranked 24th out of 28 schools mentioned.

McSwain said online degrees are popular because they provide convenience to students who work full-time, parents, and nontraditional students. The school also features a faculty production studio where professors produce educational content for distance education courses.

McSwain said the rank makes the school more attractive to current and prospective students. She added that the school plans to expand its mobile learning capability by offering programs to attract more members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. NSU is also the only Historically Black College or University and the only public university in Virginia that is certified by the United States Distance Learning Association, an organization that supports the development and application of distance learning programs.

For more information about the Norfolk State University School of Extended Learning, visit www.nsu.edu/sel, or call the office at (757) 823-8066.


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