College Consensus Publishes Ranking of the Most Innovative Online Colleges for 2019 Online education has been around for more than two decades, and it has made incredible strides from its early years, when online learning was viewed as a novelty at best, and a travesty at worst. But the colleges and universities of the 21st century are still pushing online education forward, with innovations in technology, in student support, in variety, and in vision. Those are the institutions highlighted by the College Consensus Most Innovative ranking – the ones shaping the future face of higher education on a daily basis.
The institutions in the running for Most Innovative were selected after extensive research by College Consensus editors for local and national media coverage of colleges and universities revolutionizing online education.
Schools in the Most Innovative Online Colleges ranking have been ranked by their College Consensus score (which combines published academic rankings and real student reviews).
The full top 25 (in alphabetical order) are:
- Arizona State University
- Boston University
- Brenau University
- Brescia University
- Campbellsville University
- Central Michigan University
- Champlain College
- Drexel University Online
- Eastern Illinois University
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
- Florida Institute of Technology
- Northern Arizona University
- Old Dominion University
- Oregon State University ECampus
- Robert Morris University (PA)
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rowan University Global
- University of Illinois at Springfield
- University of Massachusetts – UMass Online
- University of Minnesota – Crookston
- University of Missouri – Mizzou Online
- University of North Dakota
- University of Texas – Arlington
- Washington State University
“Innovation is a funny thing,” College Consensus editors write; “if an innovation really works, it becomes widespread, smoothed out, and conventional. A good innovation stops being an innovation once everyone adopts it.”
As the editors note, “Online college degree programs were an innovation just two decades ago,” but today “experts can talk about ‘traditional online delivery’ without a hint of irony.” That is the burden of being an innovator, but “the things that make the most innovative online colleges innovative today, if they’re truly useful, will one day be an accepted way of doing things.” But it’s a challenge that the colleges and universities on the Consensus Most Innovative Online Colleges ranking are proud to take on.
For the Most Innovative ranking, College Consensus admits to having their work cut out for them. “The best accredited online colleges may not necessarily be the most innovative, if they play it safe and do an exceedingly excellent job providing a totally conventional online education,” but on the other hand, “innovation that doesn’t get results isn’t a real innovation.”
College Consensus focuses on the innovations that make a difference in students’ education and lives. That means “establishing new online course design best practices,” or “building a spectacular virtual support system for online students.”
In many cases, the most innovative online colleges are “using the reach of distance education to serve underrepresented students, making diversity, social mobility, and community engagement central to education.” College Consensus celebrates the colleges and universities using online education for good, not just for profit.
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