SC State Online offers six fully online degree and certificate programs, as well more than 100 online courses.

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University has been ranked among the state’s best accredited online colleges for 2024 by EDSmart, an organization committed to aiding learners in fulfilling their educational and professional aspirations.

“Overall, South Carolina State provides accredited and affordable online degree programs with flexible pacing and student services catered to adult remote learners,” EDSmart stated in a news release.

Through the Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE), SC State offers several undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs fully online:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in public administration.
  • Master of Business Administration in healthcare management.
  • Education Specialist in educational administration.
  • Doctor of Education in educational administration.
  • An undergraduate certificate in professional writing.
  • A graduate certificate in addiction and trauma.

CODE also provides administrative leadership for online and distance education, faculty development and continuing education. SC State University’s Blackboard Learning Management System is administered under the direction of CODE.

“This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence in education,” CODE Executive Director Bettina Mozie said. “As of Fall 2023, we offer a total of six programs and over 100 individual courses to include general education for online learners. 

“Collaborating with on-campus colleges and departments, we’re actively expanding our online offerings,” she said. “Our online platform isn’t just a convenient alternative; it’s a transformative space where students engage in meaningful learning experiences, collaborate with peers, and are supported by dedicated educators.

Mozie said CODE provides a virtual learning environment that mirrors the university’s quality and rigor of traditional face-to-face courses.

“This achievement is a result of the collective dedication of the CODE team, faculty, instructional staff, and students who have embraced innovation, adaptability, and a passion for knowledge,” she said.

EDSmart ranked schools based on four data points in three categories:

  • Salary After Attending
  • Affordability (average net price)
  • Student Satisfaction (retention rate)
  • Student Outcome (4-year graduation rate)

Each data point was ranked and scored against all other school data points in the ranking. Schools then received a composite score for the scores mentioned above and ranked accordingly–100 being the highest score possible.

“As online degrees become more prevalent, it is important to recognize the colleges and universities that go above and beyond,” said Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart. “Our goal is to highlight these schools and their commitment to higher education.”

All data were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics website as of November 2023.

“As we celebrate this achievement, let us remember that this ranking is not an endpoint but a milestone on our continuous journey of improvement,” Mozie said. “The Center for Online and Distance Education will remain committed to refining and enhancing our online programs, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of educational innovation and continue to meet the evolving needs of our students.  

“Together, we will continue to shape the future of education, breaking barriers and providing accessible, high-quality learning opportunities for all,” Mozie said.

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