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U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT NAMES ODU'S ONLINE GRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAM THE LARGEST IN THE NATION

U.S. News and World Report has cited Old Dominion University's online graduate engineering program as being the largest in the nation, based on student enrollment numbers.

In a recent issue examining e-learning, the news magazine surveyed 1,000 institutions to compile a detailed list of 332 graduate-level, e-learning programs in business, education, engineering, library science, nursing and public health. It then named the top five largest programs in each field measured by enrollment.

The Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion boasted the largest program, enrolling 1,499 students in the fall of 2003. Rounding out the top five and their enrollment figures were: New Jersey Institute of Technology, 831; University of Southern California, 751; Florida Institute of Technology, 566; and Virginia Tech, 441.

According to College Engineering and Technology Dean Oktay Baysal, the program's success can be traced to the focus on distance learning by the university as a whole and to a number of unique programs that the college offers, such as the master's of engineering management degree offered via CD-ROM to U.S. Navy nuclear officers on submarines.

"With our focus on distance education opportunities coupled with a challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty and research excellence, students receive a first-rate and practical education through ODU's Batten College of Engineering and Technology," he said.

This article was posted on: November 16, 2004

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