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    Duquesne Ranked 2nd in ‘SuperScholar’s’ 25 Best Online Colleges, Universities List

    Duquesne University has been ranked No. 2 by SuperScholar in its The 25 Best Online Colleges and Universities of 2012. The list, which the online publication refers to as its first Smart Choice rankings, highlights the top schools for online bachelor's degrees.

    Rankings were based on factors such as a school's perceived credibility and prestige in the marketplace, academic quality, student support services and overall student satisfaction.

    Duquesne University's online programs evaluated for the SuperScholar list are offered by the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA). Currently, SLPA offers five accelerated online undergraduate degree programs: behavioral science, computer systems technology, humane leadership, organizational leadership and professional communication.

    "We're delighted to be recognized for the academic quality, support services and student satisfaction in our online programs," said Dr. Dorothy Bassett, SLPA dean. "Our adult students pursue online education so they can obtain their degree in a flexible format while managing many of life's other responsibilities. They are dedicated not only to their studies, but to their professions, communities and families."

    For the rankings, SuperScholar focused on regionally accredited institutions listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database with a diversity of online undergraduate programs. Other schools in the top five were Northeastern University, Penn State World Campus, Washington State University and Drexel University.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.