OnlineU Ranks Inver Hills #21 in Nation

2021 Best Online Associate Degrees

OnlineU has ranked Inver Hills Community College #21 nationally for colleges with the highest return on investment for 2021 Best Online Associate Degrees. OnlineU is the new flagship product of Optimal, a leading higher education data research company.

“Our rankings are the first to be based on the median salary and mean debt numbers found in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard,” reported Adria Vaughan, Optimal representative. “In order to reflect mid-career ROI, we ranked schools based on graduates’ salaries and debt payments for 10 years after graduation, accounting for standard salary growth and interest on debt payments. This formula gives each school a percentile ‘ROI score’ that reflects how the salary and debt of each school’s programs compare to similar ones. The ranking list also includes a manually researched tuition rate for each school.”

More about online learning at Inver Hills

Inver Hills is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as an online provider of degrees and certificates, some offered completely online. Inver offers nearly 80 online classes during fall and spring semesters. The college offers about half that number during summer session.

You can take online classes via Desire to Learn (D2L), a Web-based learning management system. Using D2L, you can access class materials, engage in discussions with your fellow students, take quizzes and turn in your assignments—all working online anytime from anywhere.

View the Class Schedule to find the online class you wish to take.

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Optimal launches OnlineU to lead students through new remote education landscape

The new site will contain 2021 rankings of the best online colleges for ROI, as well as a new online magazine tackling emerging issues.

KIRKLAND, Washington • (PRWEB) • October 14, 2020

As online learning continues to gain prevalence as a result of the pandemic, it is more important than ever for prospective students to have access to comprehensive, quality resources that can help guide and inform their decision-making process.

In order to answer that call, today, higher education data research company Optimal is announcing the launch of its new flagship product OnlineU (formerly Guide to Online Schools) as a premier authority and ultimate destination to help students navigate through this new remote landscape. To better address student needs, Optimal has extensively upgraded the new site with a complete redesign, new rankings for best online colleges for ROI, and numerous thought-leadership articles, all providing students with the data, information and insights needed to make the best possible decisions for their circumstances.

“The pandemic has significantly accelerated the growth of online learning and delivered us into a territory where there is not a lot of qualitative or quantitative information yet,” said Optimal founder and CEO Sung Rhee. “OnlineU is looking to fill this space with our data-driven articles and outcomes-based rankings focused specifically on return on investment, so students are able to vet the value and outcome of their choices rather than playing the guessing game.”


Inver Hills ranked #19 in Minnesota

OnlineU also ranked Inver Hills #19 on 2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Minnesota. The rankings included technical colleges, community colleges, and community & technical colleges in the state.

According to OnlineU: “Annual tuition numbers for these schools were manually researched and represent in-state tuition at the associate degree level. Unless otherwise stated, associate programs were assumed to require two years to complete.”

Fully Online Status

Schools with programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if all in-person work could be completed in two weeks or less. This allows students to retain their current employment or attend to other personal responsibilities.

Data Sources

Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from schools’ official websites, reflecting data for the 2019–2020 school year. Programmatic accreditations and profit statuses of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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Learn more about online learning at Inver Hills by contacting:

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