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NACTEL Online Degrees through Pace University Win Top Honors from First-Ever U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll for Online Education

Denver, CO , January 12, 2012 – The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) is thrilled to announce that two of their degrees through Pace University made the first-ever honor roll for online colleges compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

NACTEL's B.S. degree in Telecommunications and Master's degree in Internet Technology were among the top-rated degrees in the country. To be considered in the rankings, the online schools had to offer at least 80% of their course content online. They were judged on criteria such as selectivity, faculty credentials, and student services.

"We're thrilled that Pace University has been chosen for the US News & World Report's Honor Roll of colleges and universities that provide excellent online education," said Dr. David Sachs, professor and associate dean at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University. "We're privileged to have been partners with NACTEL since 1999, developing quality online education for the information technology industry. The results of that partnership are evident in this award."

Currently, NACTEL provides certificate programs, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees specific to a wide range of telecommunications technologies including fiber and broadband, wireless networking, video and mobile technologies.

"Going to school online at Pace University has been a godsend for me," said current student and Verizon Communications employee Bridget Trapanese." It would have been much more difficult to get my degree without the NACTEL program."

"It has been and continues to be a very rewarding experience for me," she continued. "I'm hoping to enroll in the online NACTEL master's program as soon as I finish up my B.S. degree."

All of the NACTEL classes are instructor-led and accessible online, so students can access lecture material at their own convenience, 24/7. Subject matter experts from NACTEL co-develop this telecommunications-centric curriculum in partnership with Pace University faculty.

The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) is a non-profit organization that is a unique partnership of major telecommunications companies and labor unions established to create online learning programs addressing critical employment needs in the telecommunications industry. NACTEL began in 1998 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Current NACTEL members include AT&T, The Communications Workers of America (CWA), EMBARQ Communications, Frontier Communications, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Verizon Communications.  The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) serves as fiscal agent and program manager for NACTEL.  For more information about NACTEL and NACTEL-sponsored online learning programs visit

About Pace University
For nearly 100 years, Pace University ( has been a fully-accredited, private, not-for-profit university with campuses in New York City, Pleasantville, and White Plains in the State of New York. In addition, since the mid 1990s Pace University has emerged as a leader in quality online education. The NACTEL program is provided by the University’s Seidenberg School for Computer Science and Information Systems.

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