There are distance education university ranking systems that are designed to rank the best online universities in the rapidly growing field of distance learning. Even though the area is growing rapidly, a lack of transparency and adequate ranking systems have held it back until now. Unlike face to face education which has had a number of reputable rankings systems like the Good University Guide 2012, distance education providers have struggled to make their mark in a ranking guide that focuses on them.
Top employers have more respect today for online degrees, but there are still some “diploma mills” which detract from the reputation of legitimate online schools. Nonetheless, newly emerging distance education rankings have been designed to be objective and qualitative, in order to shed some light on the most popular online education programs. Some have created a database of accredited programs which include the most important online colleges operating on a national basis.