TOP ONLINE SCHOOLS? The numbers of online students continues to climb: 6.1 million in 2010 and rising. Controversies are rising too: critics carp that the schools soak up precious federal education dollars and produce lackluster results. Now US News & World Report weighs in with its list of the "top online degree programs." Spoiler alert: topping the lists of online bachelor's degree programs: Westfield State University, Arizona State University and Bellevue University. No for-profit online schools made the honor roll. Here's more detail on the criteria.