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Oregon Ranks 44th in U.S. for Online College Students

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


A new ranking by Online Colleges has placed Oregon 44th on the list of "Best States for Online College Students."

The national rankings  -- which list Texas as tops in the country for online education, and Vermont as worst -- compare states based on factors including educational opportunity and cost, as well as post-graduation earning and employment potential.

Online Colleges uses a proprietary metric, "Education and Earnings Quality," driven by several ranking data points including internet quality, state job growth, in-state tuition rates, and more (see more here).

Parsing the Data

"Education and Earnings Quality," a proprietary metric, was driven by several ranking data points, including the following:

-Internet Quality, based on data from Ookla

-In-state tuition rates, based on data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

-Distance education programs, based on data from IPEDS

-Industry growth for 2008 - 2018, 2010 - 2020, and 2012 - 2022, based on data from state departments of labor

-State job growth, based on data from Arizona State University

-Median salary for bachelor's degree holders, 2013, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Online Colleges states, "Oregon draws its rank near the bottom due to its average scores in distance education affordability and availability. Although the state is expected to see better-than-average employment growth, those growth figures are dampened by a high cost-of-living and about average median earnings for bachelor's degree holders."

Online Learning's Oregon Profile:

2013-2014 Job Growth: 2.9 percent
Student Loan Default Rate: 12.10 percent
Distance Education In-State Average Tuition: $26,639


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