To: OSU Faculty and Staff

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

January 15, 2019

Dear OSU faculty and staff,

I am pleased to share outstanding news: Oregon State University ranks No. 3 in the nation for online bachelor’s degree programs, according to the 2019 rankings issued today by U.S. News & World Report. While our aim is to stay true to our scholarly and educational values and never play to rankings, we are certainly pleased when our work receives national recognition.

Congratulations to Lisa Templeton, associate provost, the Ecampus team, and the many faculty, colleges and departments throughout the university who have developed and offer excellent online academic courses and programs.

This marks Oregon State’s fifth consecutive year in the nation’s top 10 ranking.

This recognition is due largely to the more than 800 OSU faculty members who collaborate with Ecampus and contribute significantly to student success. Oregon State distinguishes itself from other institutions nationally because our Ecampus students have access to the same academic offerings, learn from the same world-class faculty, and earn the same degrees as OSU’s on-campus students in Corvallis and Bend.

This fall, 6,565 students were enrolled at OSU exclusively in online degree programs -- an increase of 7.9 percent from a year ago. Ecampus delivers more than 1,200 classes and over 50 undergraduate and graduate programs to learners in all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

In this year’s judging, a total of 373 institutions were evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, putting Oregon State in the top 1 percent in the country for online bachelor’s education. The ranking evaluates schools based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and expert peer opinion.

U.S. News also judged Oregon State at No. 9 nationally in Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs. You may know that OSU’s College of Engineering offers master’s degrees online in industrial engineering and radiation health physics. These programs made a significant jump this year, up from No. 26 in 2018.

OSU’s work in online education is an essential part of the university’s land grant mission and our SP4.0 goals to provide preeminence in research, scholarship and innovation, and a transformative education that is accessible for all learners.

Congratulations to all involved in Ecampus and OSU’s online educational programs.

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President