U.S. News Online Programs MethodologyAiming to provide students and working adults with a resource to select the distance-education programs that are right for them, U.S. News & World Report looked at a number of factors when determining the 2016 rankings, including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and peer reputation. Schools were reviewed on how their programs promote participation in courses and whether instructors create a rewarding experience that drives students to stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Other areas evaluated include having instructors with strong academic credentials, incorporating diverse learning technologies and providing strong support outside of class such as career guidance and learning assistance. U.S. News & World Report selects factors, known as ranking indicators, to assess each program and calculates the ranking using data that each university reported to U.S. News & World Report in a statistical survey. The value for each ranking indicator is standardized about its mean, multiplied by weights U.S. News has selected for the ranking indicators and summed up to compute the four separate category scores. These scores are then rescaled so that the top-scoring school receives a display score of 100 and the bottom-scoring school receives a display score of zero. To learn more about AIU, visit www.aiuniv.edu. For the complete U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Online Programs rankings, go to www.usnews.com/education/online-education. About American InterContinental University: Founded in Europe in 1970, American InterContinental University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs such as business, healthcare, IT, criminal justice and education at campuses in Atlanta and Houston and an Internet-based online campus headquartered in suburban Chicago. AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org. AIU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.aiuniv.edu/disclosures.