UM-Flint recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in online education

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U.S. News & World Report honored the university for its online academic programming.

The University of Michigan-Flint has been recognized for its excellence in online education by U.S. News & World Report in its newly published "Best Online Programs" rankings.

The university was honored for its online bachelor's degree programs and earned recognition for its general business program. UM-Flint's online master's degree program in education was also lauded.

Nick Gaspar

"UM-Flint is committed to providing an accessible, high-quality education beyond the walls of our physical campus," said Nick Gaspar, director of the Office of Online & Digital Education. "Our online programs not only serve as a flexible pathway to education, but they also provide educational advancement opportunities for students no matter where they live. This recognition reflects the university's commitment to online learning and its positive impact on our students and the communities they serve."

UM-Flint first began offering online programs in 2000.

UM-Flint's School of Management offers an online general business bachelor's degree that gives students a broad business background and great flexibility in choosing their course of study. Elective options include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, management, and operations and supply chain management. These options allow students to customize their curriculum based on their career interests and aspirations. 

Yener Kandogan

"This ranking is not surprising given our faculty's 20+ years of experience with online teaching," said Yener Kandogan, interim provost and interim dean of SOM. "Our continuous efforts to improve teaching effectiveness, student engagement, and technology led to our BBA program continuing to be the top-ranked online bachelor of business program in the state of Michigan for four years in a row, and nationally, in the top 60."

UM-Flint's College of Arts, Sciences & Education offers online master's degree programs in secondary education and educational administration, an online education specialist program and a doctoral education program.

Jeannette Stein

"UM-Flint understands that professionals with full-time careers face many challenges when pursuing advanced degrees," said Jeannette Stein, interim dean of CASE. "To meet the diverse needs of students, we offer flexible online schedules and innovative curriculum. Students receive a practice-oriented education of the highest quality. The national ranking reflects the dedication of our faculty and staff who take great pride in preparing the leaders and best."

UM-Flint's online programs deliver the same rigorous education as on-campus programs. Students will be awarded diplomas from the globally recognized University of Michigan brand that employers recognize.

The Association of Public & Land-Grand Universities states that college-educated workers enjoy a substantial earnings premium. On an annual basis, median earnings for bachelor's degree holders are $36,000 or 84% more than those whose highest degree is a high school diploma. The earnings gap between college graduates and those with less education continues to widen. In 2022, median income for recent graduates reached $52,000 a year for bachelor's degree holders aged 22–27. For high school graduates the same age, median earnings are $32,320 a year.

To learn more about UM-Flint's online offerings, visit its online degrees and certificates webpage.

Robb King is the director of marketing and communications at UM-Flint. He can be reached at [email protected].