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News Release
 
12/17/09

Peru State’s Online Graduate Program Listed as National “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com

 

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that the institution’s online graduate program has been named a national “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com is a consumer advocacy group that reviews, rates and ranks online colleges along the dimensions that matter most to consumers: cost and credibility. The distance education group analyzed tuition and fees at 101 regionally accredited universities that offer 313 online master’s degrees to come up with national rankings of the Best Buys in online Master’s degrees for teachers and librarians.

PSC’s Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction earned 8th place honors in GetEducated.com’s most recent survey of online college affordability. The survey recognizes institutions that offer high-quality, low-cost online degrees in education and/or library science for less than $10,000.

In the survey results, GetEducated.com notes that the average price for an online Master’s degree in education is $15,714, and can be as much as $41,000. A student can earn a Master’s degree at PSC for roughly $8,000, regardless of residency.

Hanson said, “We are proud to get this kind of national recognition. In addition to offering an excellent regionally accredited program with the kind of flexibility our students have come to expect, we offer one of the most competitive, affordable tuition rates in the country. Those are just a few of the reasons why students are coming to Peru State in record numbers.”

Dean of Graduate Programs Dr. Greg Seay said, “For Peru State to place in the top 10 nationally is a testament to the efforts we have made to make this degree program accessible to teachers not only in Nebraska, but across the country. We have new cohorts beginning this summer and scholarships available to further off-set the cost of going back to school. I encourage teachers exploring the idea of getting their Master’s degree to take a serious look at Peru State College.”

This fall the college posted the largest enrollment in the institution’s 142-year history - 2,502 students, representing a 7.47 percent increase over 2008. The college has also enrolled its largest freshman class in history, representing an 8 percent increase for a total of 235.

The largest area of increase was graduate enrollment, which is up nearly 18 percent. Online enrollment is up 7 percent and on-campus enrollment is up more than 10.5 percent since 2008. The increase in on-campus enrollment has also impacted campus housing, increasing the use of residence halls 11 percent.

Hanson said, “It’s an exciting time at Peru State College. We have talented, energetic faculty and staff who are committed to the college’s mission – providing an outstanding education to our students and contributing to the future of southeast Nebraska and our entire state. The dramatic growth in enrollment is the result of an intentional effort over the course of the last year, and we could not be happier with the vibrant campus community that resulted. We are poised to move the college to an even higher level as we continue our work to build a community of excellence focused on student achievement.”

PSC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Peru State is Nebraska’s leader in online education programs with two Master’s degrees, including the college’s innovative degree in Organizational Management, as well as undergraduate programs in business, psychology and criminal justice.

For more information on PSC’s graduate programs visit www.peru.edu or contact Seay at 402-872-2283 or gseay@peru.edu.

A complete list of GetEducated.com’s top 30 Best Buys in the United States is available online at http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-of-education.