Penn State Outreach and Online Education is regularly recognized for its important work and has received numerous prestigious awards, top spots in national rankings, and other notable honors.

Recent Awards and Accomplishments

World Campus programs ranked in the Top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Program Rankings:

  • No. 2 for online graduate engineering programs
  • No. 5 for online graduate computer information technology programs
  • No. 16 for online bachelor’s degree programs
  • No. 19 for online graduate business programs
  • No. 25 for online graduate education programs

Beekeeping 101, a web-based Penn State Extension course created by Penn State Public Media, was named an official honoree in the 2013 Webby Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy degree, delivered by World Campus, received a 2012 Outstanding Online Program Award from the Sloan Consortium.

The Penn State Video Learning Network received the 2012 Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Synchronous Distance Learning by the National University Technology Network.

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association honored two WPSU-FM journalists with two first-place awards and two finalist awards in 2012.

The World Campus Advising and Learner Success team was the recipient of the 2012 Distance Education Innovation Award from the National University Technology Network for its “extraordinary learner-focused solution” to student engagement.

World Campus’s welcoming environment and initiatives for service members and veterans resulted in Penn State’s recognition as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, Military Advanced Education, and Military Times.

The Pittsburgh Studio, part of The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh, won the 2011 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award given by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for its work partnering with community members in underserved Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

World Campus received the 2011 Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award from The Sloan Consortium.

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