October 08, 2015
Elizabeth City, NC – October 8, 2015. Affordable Colleges Online has released its annual rankings for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. This organization analyzed data from hundreds of colleges across the nation with online degrees in social work at the bachelor's level. Mid-Atlantic Christian University was ranked #1 for offering the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning.
Rankings were based upon a proprietary scoring system to score these colleges based upon various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics, or the AC Online Peer-Based Value. This proprietary metric compares qualitative components of colleges with similar costs against the tuition of colleges with similar quality metrics. The general criteria and scoring metrics include:
- Must be a private or public not-for-profit institution
- Must offer at least one fully online degree program
- Number of online bachelor’s degrees available
- Student-faculty ratio
- Percent of students receiving financial aid
- Academic and career counseling
- 6-year graduation rate
Dr. Ken Greene, Vice President of Student Services and Professor of Youth and Family Studies states: “MACU’s Youth and Family Studies program has developed a curriculum certified by the National Council of Family Relations to train students to work with families in secular, non-profit and religious organizations. The focal point has been to offer students insight and practical skills to understand the diverse needs of families that span the life-cycle from birth to death. This degree program prepares students to meet the changing needs of society to produce healthy and effective individuals and families."
The International Association of Schools of Social Work has four mandates: to promote social development, social change and social cohesion and to empower people. The evaluator’s comments regarding MACU’s program: “Practical skills with Christian values are the focus of Mid-Atlantic Christian University's online bachelor's degree program in family studies. The program guides students in becoming family life educators, teaching others about communication skills, typical human development, good decision-making skills, healthy relationships, and positive self-esteem. Graduates should be prepared to enter careers in ministry, public policy, administration and as family life teachers. The online schedule is flexible, allowing students to complete coursework at their convenience, as long as they meet assignment deadlines. Upon graduation, students receive the same diploma as their on-campus peers.” President D. Clay Perkins states that “Mid-Atlantic is honored to have been recognized as the best online program in this field among some very notable colleges and universities.”
MACU alumni serve in 48 states, 1 territory, the District of Columbia, and 25 countries. MACU is an institution of higher learning that is committed to helping all, regardless of income and status, receive a high quality faith-based education that prepares them for service in the marketplace or in the church.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a private, faith based, four year college is committed to equality of educational opportunity and will not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines (Sections 702-703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) clearly recognize the right of church related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution. Being a student or employee at Mid-Atlantic Christian University requires a commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's mission and values.