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          • Edinboro online graduate programs again ranked among best in nation

          Edinboro online graduate programs again ranked among best in nation

          U.S. News & World Report ranks EU’s education, nursing programs in Top 100

          January 15, 2019

          More than 500 higher-education institutions are considered for the U.S. News & World Report ranking of both online graduate nursing and education programs.

          Among those schools across the U.S., Edinboro University ranks in the Top 100 in each category.

          U.S. News & World Report, the multi-platform publisher of authoritative rankings for higher education, granted Edinboro University the No. 35 national ranking in the 2019 Best Online Nursing Programs list and the No. 89 ranking in the 2019 Best Online Education Programs list.

          This marks the fourth-consecutive year Edinboro has earned Top 100 spots in the coveted national rankings.

          “We take great pride in being recognized on a national level for our outstanding faculty and quality programming at the graduate level,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. “Edinboro University’s online structure has proven to meet the needs of graduate students from all backgrounds in the region and beyond.”

          The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through post-secondary school between 2014 and 2024. Likewise, the health-care industry is expected to add nearly 450,000 registered nurses and more than 65,000 nurse practitioners through 2026.

          Beth Kotarski, who graduated in December with her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Edinboro, was searching for an affordable school with a relevant curriculum that met the schedule of her full-time job as executive director at Carnegie Mellon University Health Services.

          That’s when she found Edinboro.

          “Edinboro delivered all of this and more,” she said. “I cannot say enough about the professors who guided me to think more critically than I ever had in my life. They opened my eyes to career-changing approaches to my work. Most of all, they encouraged me to embrace the identity of a leader and expert in my field.”

          Edinboro University offers graduate nursing programs, including Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in consortium with Clarion University. This consortium is the only program in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to earn Top 100 rankings in the nursing sector.

          In 2017, Edinboro’s DNP earned a 5-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the maximum duration for a first-time applicant. EU graduated its first cohort of DNP students in May 2017.

          In 2017, the BLS ranked Pennsylvania the fifth-highest state in registered nurse employment, with RNs earning a mean annual salary of just under $70,000.

          The average starting annual salary for Pennsylvania teachers ranges from $40,000 to $55,000, nearly twice the average starting salary for all occupations in the state, with experienced teachers earning upwards of $70,000 per year.

          U.S. News & World Report evaluates national programs each year based on admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology.

          Edinboro’s online graduate education program received the second-highest ranking of all schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Kutztown received the No. 77 ranking, while Clarion earned No. 154, California earned No. 169 and Indiana earned 194.

          Comprehensive rankings and program profiles are available at www.usnews.com/online.

          Edinboro University offers more than 25 award-winning and nationally accredited graduate programs in the arts, business, communications, counseling, education, nursing, psychology, social work and speech-language pathology.

          For more information about Edinboro University’s nationally recognized catalogue of online graduate programs, visit gradschool.edinboro.edu or contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research at (814) 732-2856 or gradstudies@edinboro.edu.