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UND rises in online ranking

The college experience is always changing—and now, it's increasingly online.

UND provided a key example of that recently with a jump in a national ranking of best online programs put together by U.S. News and World Report. The university was listed this week as taking the 66 place for "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" out of more than 350 ranked schools across the country.

According to a university press release, that marks a rise from the bottom quarter of ranked schools in 2017 to the top 20 percent for this year. The top-ranked school in the category was Ohio State University-Columbus followed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Temple University of Philadelphia.

UND also ranked well on lists of best online graduate business programs, both including and excluding MBAs. Overall, the university ranked 192 out of 311 national schools, including private universities. When counting only among 132 public schools, UND was in the 102 spot.

Online education has been a focus point for the university as it looks to expand its reach to a wider variety of students. Part of that move has specifically reached out to members of the U.S. military and, in December, UND was approved as an official partner to offer online courses to Air Force personnel.

MLK observance

Though the digital realm is a bigger part of modern studies than it's ever been, the offline experience hasn't gone away. That's evidenced by UND's Monday commemoration of the 50th year of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that honors the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968.

UND President Mark Kennedy said the events planned for Monday are "going to be a bigger than average deal this year" to match the occasion of the 50th anniversary of King's death.

This year's event will be co-hosted by the city of Grand Forks at the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus. The commemoration will include a performance by the Grand Cities Children's Choir, as well as remarks from UND President Mark Kennedy and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown. There will also be live music and a display of artwork from the University Children's Learning Center.

The public is invited to attend from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the center.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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