DSC again ranks among top online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2019) – Daytona State College continues to place in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's college rankings for online bachelor's programs – this time for military veterans.
The publication's listing of America's Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Military Veterans ranked Daytona State No. 25 among over 700 colleges and universities across the nation. It is the fifth consecutive year that the college made the top-tier ranking.
"This is another acknowledgement of our commitment to provide a positive college experience for our former servicemen and women," said DSC President Tom LoBasso. "It reinforces the excellence of our faculty and staff, who are honored to serve our veterans, whether online or in person, and help them to complete their programs successfully."
To be considered for the latest veteran-focused rankings, institutions had to be among the top 50 percent of the 2019 Best Online Bachelor's Program rankings. In addition, the programs had to belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.
In January this year, Daytona State also earned a top-tier ranking in the U.S. News overall best online bachelor's program rankings, coming in at No. 33 overall. It was the sixth straight year Daytona State, the only Florida College System institution in the rankings, placed among the best with its fully online Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
Also in January, Daytona State was named one of the nation's top schools to earn an online Bachelor of Information Technology degree by CyberDegrees.org, a Washington, D.C.-based company dedicated to providing the most comprehensive information available to aspiring students of cyber security. DSC ranked 8th and was the only state college among a field of universities that placed in the top 20.
The CyberDegree rankings were based on criteria that included program-specific accreditation, quality markers and outside rankings. The top schools earned their place based on past and present U.S. News & World Report rankings, program completion rates and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program accreditation.
ABET is an international organization that sets quality standards for programs in applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology. To date, it has accredited 4,005 such programs at 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries worldwide, including DSC's BSET program. ABET accreditation on the college's BSIT program is pending.
Daytona State began offering bachelor's degrees in 2006 in response to a statewide need to increase Florida's college-educated workforce. The college offers 11 bachelor's programs: the BAS, BSET, BSIT, BS in Nursing and seven BS in Education degrees.