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January 8, 2014 (Jackson) - For the second consecutive year, Belhaven University Online was named “Best Online Education Program” by U.S. News & World Report. Belhaven ranked 74th for its bachelor degree program among all national colleges and universities both public and private.

Belhaven is tied with the University of Nebraska and is within the top 100 spots with prestigious institutions like the University of Florida, Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, and St. John’s University.

Belhaven has achieved national distinction for its on-ground programs in the arts, science, and education and that same commitment to quality is the top priority of Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University. “When we designed our online program, we would not launch them until we were positive we could do it right. Belhaven Online must have the same level of quality and integrity as our on-ground programs, while still allowing students the flexibility to balance the many demands of life. We hit the mark - and Im thrilled that our aiming high has paid off for the second year in a row with national recognition by U.S. News & World Report," said Dr. Parrott.

Belhaven University’s Online program provides a unique blend of personal and professional attention within the convenience of a flexible online classroom. All of Belhaven’s 13 online degree programs are grounded in the Christian worldview curriculum and are taught by experienced faculty who are committed to the success of each student. Belhaven offers associate, bachelors, and graduate degrees in subjects including business, education, health administration, sports administration, public administration, and leadership.

Factors used to compute the rankings this year include retention rates, graduation rates, and the indebtedness of students upon graduation. Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. People with a bachelor degree earn 84 percent more than those with only a high school diploma over the span of their lifetime. The flexibility of online education is an increasingly popular choice for working adults that seek to balance their work, family, and educational goals. Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. There is no distinction between the two in the rankings.