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EOU tops state list for online affordability

Eastern Oregon University is starting 2014 ranked No. 1 in the state.

EOU tops a new affordability list of Oregon colleges and universities offering online degree programs. The list was assembled by the operators of the website Affordable Colleges Online. The website ranks public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States.

“This demonstrates that we are doing what we need to be doing. It is great to be recognized in this manner,” said EOU President Bob Davies.

The president said that the news of Eastern’s ranking is heartening because one of his school’s focuses is affordability and accessibility.

“We have a strategic objective of affordability and accessibility,”  Davies said. “It verifies that we are meeting this objective.’’

The Affordable Colleges Online website lists the tuition and fees an Eastern student taking 12 credit hours online as $6,102. Portland State University is second at $6,102 for students taking 12 credit hours a term. Oregon State University has the highest cost among state colleges and universities at $9,756 for online tuition and fees. The most expensive school on the list is Willamette University, a private institution which charges  $40,874 annually for tuition and fees to online students. 

The tuition and fees Eastern charges online students are close to what on-campus students pay. Out-of-state online students pay the same at Eastern as in-state students.

Sixteen Oregon colleges and universities are listed by Affordable Colleges Online. To quality, institutions have to offer at least one degree program fully online, be a not-for-profit institution, offer four-year degrees and be fully accredited. EOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Eastern offers about 10 degree programs for online students. These are degrees students can earn without taking any classes on campus.    

 Davies said that Eastern’s online education program provides an important service for many students. “(An online education) is their only choice. They may not be able to make it to a college campus because of their jobs  or because they are housebound. We are able to provide a higher education experience for them, it is a great feeling,”  Davies said.

Slightly more than half of Eastern’s approximately 4,200 students  take all of their classes online. 

Many of these students, after completing their degree requirements, come to Eastern to participate in commencement. Davies said one of his favorite things is to meet these online students.

“To hear their personal stories is pretty neat,”  Davies said.

Many of these  students are accompanied by close relatives at commencement.

“As much fun as that is (meeting online students who are graduating), it is more fun to see the pride and joy on the faces of their family members,”  Davies said.

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