Affordable Colleges Online released its annual rankings for the 2015-2016 school year with Metropolitan State on top. The ranking, based on quality, services, range of subjects and resources, comes after the organization analyzed 200 online programs in Minnesota. View the ranking online at www.affordablecollegesonline.org. Ranked schools must offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, be a not-for-profit institution and must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program.
To determine the rankings, data analysts and college experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank colleges based on various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics, or the Affordable Colleges Online Peer-Based Value. This score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score.