Norwalk Community College has been named a 2018 Best Online Two-Year College in Connecticut by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
AffordableCollegesOnline has ranked NCC first among the 12 Connecticut community colleges for Best Online College. ACO is an online resource for higher education information, resources and rankings.
Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges of 2018 include the following:
- Regional accreditation
- In-state tuition and fees
- Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid
- Number of online programs offered
- Student-to-teacher ratio
AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s ranking scale uses a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV. The PBV metric compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost). To view the rankings and methodology, go to: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/connecticut/#2-year-best-college-ranking
Norwalk Community College offers both online and hybrid online courses.
With NCC online courses, all communications, tests, assignments etc. take place on the Internet using a course management system called Blackboard, at a time and place that is convenient for the student. Students do not have to attend a “class” at a specific time on campus. Online classes are not easier—just more convenient. Students need to have strong time management and organizational skills.
NCC hybrid courses are taught partially in a campus classroom at a required time and partially online using Blackboard. You may be required to meet on campus as much as once a week or as little as three times a semester. This varies with each course. Hybrid courses allow the flexibility of working in an online environment while still meeting with an instructor and classmates in a classroom.
For more information on taking online and hybrid courses at NCC go to: https://norwalk.edu/distance-learning/faq/
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/) began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Its free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources.