Embry-Riddle Worldwide named No. 1 online educator by U.S. News & World Report 

ERAU Online is No. 1 in US News & World Report / Headline Surfer®ERAU Worldwide No. 1 / Headline Surfer®Photos and graphics for Headline Surfer / Student achievement is soaring at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, from the campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, and especially at Embry-Riddle Worldwide online.
After all, few, if any students, want to be confined solely to a desk in a classroom in their educational experiences, as demonstrated by this ERAU student, where online in a 21st century digital world, is where she and thousands of other Embry-Riddle students enrolled are soaring to new heights. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In recognition of its high-quality education focused on student engagement and world-class faculty, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide has been ranked No. 1 in US News & World Report’s 2017 list for best online bachelor’s degrees in the nation. 

This is the fourth consecutive year that Embry-Riddle Worldwide (online.erau.edu) secured a spot on the coveted annual ranking of the nation’s top online educators, Melanie Hanns, an ERAU spokeswoman at the Daytona Beach campus, told Headline Surfer®.

Last year, Embry-Riddle Worldwide tied for first with Penn State World Campus and was listed as No. 1 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program for Veterans, Hanns said.

Other schools joining Embry-Riddle in this year’s list include: Temple University, University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, Penn State World Campus, Oregon State and University of Illinois – Chicago. For the complete US News & World Report 2017 list, go to online bachelor’s degree.

“This ranking acknowledges and honors the decades of experience and commitment to quality, real-world and innovative higher education that Embry-Riddle Worldwide has been known for since its inception in 1971,” Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret said.

Watret added, “When Embry-Riddle launched its distance learning and online programs, it was natural for the university to leverage its global reputation of excellence and faculty expertise in aviation and aerospace. We were one of the first to do so, but we are not satisfied just maintaining the status quo. We continue to move forward, constantly finding new ways to provide even more value and personal attention to our students. That’s what sets us apart, that’s what we are most proud of.”

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor John Wattret pleased with No. 1 ranking / Headline Surfer®“This ranking acknowledges and honors the decades of experience and commitment to quality, real-world and innovative higher education that Embry-Riddle Worldwide has been known for since its inception in 1971,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret, shown here at left, in reaction to the ERAU No. 1 ranking by US News & World Report.

“When Embry-Riddle launched its distance learning and online programs, it was natural for the university to leverage its global reputation of excellence and faculty expertise in aviation and aerospace. We were one of the first to do so, but we are not satisfied just maintaining the status quo. We continue to move forward, constantly finding new ways to provide even more value and personal attention to our students. That’s what sets us apart, that’s what we are most proud of.”

To publish its annual lists, US News & World Report ranks online bachelor’s degree programs and graduate business programs in the following categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity (graduate business programs), faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology. 

Snapshot Enbry-Riddle class sizes / Headline Surfer®

Embry-Riddle Online offers a variety of learning modalities including EagleVision Classroom, EagleVision Home and a blended option. EagleVision is a virtual classroom that combines Web video conferencing and a learning management system to amplify the benefits of synchronous learning. Earning a degree can be achieved 'virtually anywhere.'

Considering the intensity of marketing and outreach of academic institutions competing for the best and brightest students not only here in the US, but across the globe in a 21st-century digital world where aerospace is clearly among the top professional careers sought by college grads, and taking into account the categories factored into the rankings by US News & World Report, Embry-Riddle administrators are psyched knowing their university is now ranked No. 1 overall.  

That top billing pus a smile on everyone's face. Just ask one of the driving forces behind ERAU's status, Dr. Jason M. Ruckert. 

“We are setting the standard for world-class, unparalleled online education by focusing on engagement and services critical to student success,” said Dr. Ruckert, Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s vice chancellor for Online Education.

“By constantly investigating and integrating new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and virtual laboratories, we are not only preparing our students to obtain the career they desire, but to flourish and be industry leaders for years to come.”

Dr. Justin Ruckert, ERAU, excited with ranking / Headline Surfer®Considering the intensity of marketing and outreach of academic insitutions competing for the best and brightest students not only here in the US, but across the globe in a 21st-century digital world where aerospace is clearly among the top professional careers sought by college grads, and taking into account the categories factored into the rankings by US News & World Report, Embry-Riddle administrators are psyched knowing their university is now ranked No. 1 overall.  

That top billing puts a smile on everyone's face.  Just ask one of the driving forces behind ERAU's status, Dr. Jason M. Ruckert. 

“We are setting the standard for world-class, unparalleled online education by focusing on engagement and services critical to student success,” said Dr. Ruckert, shown here at left, Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s vice chancellor for Online Education.

“By constantly investigating and integrating new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and virtual laboratories, we are not only preparing our students to obtain the career they desire, but to flourish and be industry leaders for years to come.”

FAST FACTS: Embry-Riddle by the numbers
• Embry-Riddle Worldwide serves more than 22,000 students online and at 125 campuses in the United States and globally.
• Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., the Worldwide Campus with locations in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
In the past year, Embry-Riddle Worldwide has earned numerous accolades, including being named one of the best online colleges in the national by the Center for Online Education, multiple top nods for its online master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering programs from independent online ranking providers CollegeChoice.net, AffordableCollegesOnline.org and BestValueSchools.com, as well as being designated a top military-friendly school by Victory Media. 
 
Editor's Note: For more information on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, please visit www.embryriddle.edu.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.