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Posted on January 7, 2012

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California University of Pennsylvania once again has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for its online degree and certificate programs.

The Online College Rankings are compiled annually by SR Education Group, an educational resource provider based in Kirkland, Wash. The Top 30 Online Colleges for 2012 are listed on its flagship site, Guide to Online Schools.

A new portion of the guide also lists Cal U among the nation’s top military-friendly schools.

The online guide is intended “to help prospective students make informed decisions about how to invest in their education,” the report says. “Our goal is to hold online schools accountable to the same high standards we expect of traditional institutions.”

To determine the rankings, SR Education Group examines accreditations, the cost of tuition and books, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation and retention rates, and the rate at which students repay their college loans on time. Statistics are gathered from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and presenting data related to education.

Student feedback also plays a role in the rankings.

Following Cal U on the 2012 list of top online colleges are Western Governors University, in Utah; Iowa Central College; National University, in California; and Abilene Christian University, in Texas.

Cal U Global Online was ranked first in the nation for 2011, as well — and the program continues to grow. It now provides more than 1,800 students with affordable, high-quality master’s degree, bachelor’s degree and certificate programs. Compared to the 2010-2011 academic year, total enrollment increased by 6.1 percent this year.

“Enrollment is especially strong in our online master’s degree programs,” said Dr. John Cencich, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

“Building on the strength of our traditional, face-to-face graduate programs, Cal U has developed challenging course content that can be delivered effectively over the Internet by engaged, technology-savvy professors and exceptional support services.”

Cal U offers more than 30 online degree programs in areas such as education, sports counseling, sport management, Arabic language and culture, applied criminology, forensic science, legal studies, rehabilitation science, performance enhancement and injury prevention, and nursing administration and leadership.

Certificate programs are available in Arabic, Spanish for business and Spanish for law enforcement.

Graduate assistantships are available for qualifying students.

California University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and various program-specific professional organizations.