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PCC recognized for offering top 15 online associates program for 2016-2017

01 December 2016

Affordable Colleges Online, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, has released its ranking for the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Kansas.

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the online student population in the country is now over 7 million, including 15.3% of Kansas students who are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses

 “We wanted to highlight the schools in each state that are driving innovative learning and meeting demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AC Online. “These schools are not only offering great programs, but they have expanded their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

In order for universities to qualify for this ranking they must be a public or private not-for-profit accredited institution. Ranked schools must offer at least three online associate degree programs with an annual tuition fee less than $5,000.

Qualifying schools were then evaluated based on the:

  • Published tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students
  • The percent of full-time and first-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid
  • The number on online programs offered for two year degrees or certificates
  • Student to Teacher Ratio
  • Average amount of institutional aid received

​An in-depth look at the Best Online Colleges in Kansas for 2016 can be seen here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/kansas/

Affordable Colleges Online has distinguished its ranking scale by the use of Peer-Based Value, or PBV. The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score.