Site taps Holmes as Best Online College

Holmes Community College has been named one of the nation’s Best Online Community Colleges for 2016.

Holmes Community College has been named one of the nation's Best Online Community Colleges for 2016 by (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. The school earned the third position on the list, which ACO generated by analyzing cost and quality metrics of thousands of U.S. community colleges with online degree programs.

"We wanted to honor the schools and universities that are setting the standard for online learning," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of the AffordableCollegesOnline site.

"These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more affordable."

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Colleges of 2016 include the following:

  • Regional accreditation
  • In-state tuition and fees
  • Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid
  • The number on online programs offered
  • Student-to-teacher ratio
  • Average amount of institutional aid received by first-time students

An in depth look at the best online programs in the U.S. has distinguished its ranking scale by the use of Peer-Based Value, or PBV. The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score. rankings of the best online programs for the 2016-2017 school year and a complete look at the methodology can be found at this link.

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Holmes is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), and offers classes via the Internet platform Canvas. Courses are offered both by Holmes instructors and through other instructors in the MSVCC. Although a number of options are offered, including regular semester courses, four-week courses, and eight-week courses, the eLearning Department offers to customize schedules for interested students if they do not see a class they need.

A multi-campus institution, Holmes offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates, and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs and a variety of student support services. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.