UMass Lowell is a national and regional leader in online education, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The university's online graduate programs in education, information technology and criminal justice are ranked in the top 15 in the nation and are No. 1 among all public institutions in New England. Its bachelor's degrees are ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 22 in the U.S., up more than 30 spots over last year.