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Brenau recognized for online learning excellence

By Ken Stanford Contributing Editor
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  Contact Editor recently named Brenau University one of the nation’s best colleges for online learning. Brenau received 14 awards from AC Online, where higher education experts generated the rankings by analyzing cost and quality data for thousands of U.S. colleges with online degree programs.

Brenau’s online Master of Accounting degree program ranked No. 3, its Master of Business Administration in Finance ranked No. 6, and its MBA in Human Resources ranked No. 7.

“Our Master of Accounting focuses completely on preparing professionals for the CPA exam and a career in accounting,” said Denise Smith, associate professor of accounting. “There are no extraneous courses, only what is needed to be successful. Our professors are professionals with extensive experience in the field, and I believe that’s one of the values that makes the program so strong.”

Brenau was also recognized for its online master’s programs in healthcare administration, human resources and special education, as well as several undergraduate online degree programs including business management, finance, healthcare administration, human resources, marketing, medical assistant, RN-to-MSN, secondary education and special education.

“We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Colleges of 2017 include regional accreditation, in-state tuition and fees, percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid, the number of online programs offered, student-to-teacher ratios and more.

AC Online also ranked Brenau the No. 2 Best Online College in the state for 2016-2017, with a 99.77 score based on these data points.

Brenau was one of the earliest comprehensive universities in the Southeast to offer online degree programs, beginning in the 1990s, in addition to more traditional on-campus degree-track courses, according to a news release from the university..

“Nationally the market place is turning to online delivery,” said Christina White, who directs Brenau’s online programs and adult and graduate studies. “Brenau has seen the demand for online options from our current students, and we see potential new students requesting these options. The excellent news is Brenau has been ahead of the online curve and is well prepared to support continued online growth. As technologies evolve Brenau is committed to staying ahead of the curve by exploring and allocating resources so that everybody has the tools needed to thrive in any environment they choose.”

The complete list of awards for Brenau:

Best Online Master’s in Accounting

Best Online Business Management Degrees

Best Online Finance Degrees

Best Online Master’s in Finance

Best Online Healthcare Administration Degrees

Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration Degrees

Best Online Master’s in Human Resources

Best Online Human Resources Degrees

Best Online Marketing Degrees

Best Online Medical Assistant Degrees

Best Online RN-to-MSN Degrees

Best Online Secondary Education Degrees

Best Online Special Education Degrees

Best Online Master’s in Special Education

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