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UD online graduate programs among top in nation | UDaily - UDaily

UD online graduate programs among top in nation | UDaily - UDaily

UD online graduate programs among top in nation | UDaily - UDaily

Posted: 26 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST

Three University of Delaware online graduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 U.S. News Best Online Programs.

The College of Education and Human Development is ranked 23rd in the Best Online Graduate Education Programs; the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics is ranked 32nd in the Best Online MBA Programs; and the College of Engineering is ranked 46th in the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs.

"We are elated but not surprised to receive this recognition," said Louis F. Rossi, dean of UD's Graduate College and vice provost for graduate and professional education. "We have been investing the resources needed to deliver outstanding in-person graduate offerings and use them as the foundation for top-flight graduate offerings led by world-class faculty in the online arena. We know online students need new kinds of support and access, which we are happy to provide. It's all part of our mission to bring our unique strengths in graduate education to students who might not be able to come to campus or need more flexibility in the scheduling or timeline of their chosen degree."

Based on the five general categories of engagement, expert opinion, faculty credentials and training, student excellence, and student services and technologies, programs are evaluated using data reported by the institutions to U.S. News in statistical surveys and from data collected in separate peer reputation surveys.

"Our positions in the U.S. News rankings for these online graduate degrees reflect UD's strong commitment to offering our students excellent online master's degrees built on high-quality online teaching by our world-class faculty, positive career outcomes for our graduates and online courses that make learning engaging and interactive," said George Irvine, UD associate vice provost for Professional and Continuing Studies. "These factors make our online master's degrees and certificates stand out in a crowded educational marketplace."

Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development offers four online master's degrees in literacy, teacher leadership, educational technology, and exceptional children and youth. The curriculum, which is designed to meet the needs of aspiring educational professionals and currently certified teachers, prepares graduates to become leaders in their fields. Courses run for five, seven and 14 weeks, depending on the program, and are created by full-time faculty renowned for both teaching and research.

"At a time when online learning is at the forefront of education efforts, we are thrilled to have this recognition," said Chrystalla Mouza, director of UD's School of Education and distinguished professor of teacher education. "Our programs are led by full-time faculty who are not only outstanding educators but they are also active scholars, bringing the latest research into their teaching. Our students work on authentic projects with immediate benefits for their own professional development, their classrooms and beyond."

Online MBA

The UD Online MBA program offers five areas of emphasis: business analytics, finance, healthcare management, strategic leadership and international business. Four departments in the Lerner College (accounting and management information systems, business administration, economics, and finance) contribute core and elective courses to the online program, which features intensive seven-week terms and access to personal career coaching.

"Moving up 15 places and placing among the top 10% of the 300-plus accredited programs reflects our continuous enhancements to the quality of our Online MBA program," said Bruce Weber, dean of UD's Lerner College. "We invest in a transformative experience and our students' ultimate success. We constantly curate the content of our offerings and update the design our courses. We are proud that our program continues to grow, now attracting a record number of students from across the nation. The fall enrollment of 480 makes it the largest graduate program at UD."


Online graduate engineering programs are offered by the University of Delaware in applied bioinformatics (certificate), railroad engineering (certificate), cybersecurity (certificate and degree), electrical and computer engineering (degree), mechanical engineering (degree), and composite manufacturing and engineering (certificate). Online students take the same courses that full-time, on-campus engineering students take, enabling synergy between research and industry.

"I am incredibly proud that our college's online graduate programs have been ranked this year," said Levi T. Thompson, dean of UD's College of Engineering. "These outstanding programs allow our students to access an extraordinary UD engineering education from home. Our online and in-person programs help engineers advance their careers and sharpen their skills so that they can make a more positive impact on people and the planet."

Texas Tech ranked No. 1 Hispanic-serving online university in Texas -

Posted: 21 Feb 2021 11:33 AM PST

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Texas Tech University has been named No. 1 among online, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) in Texas by Texas Online Colleges.

The rankings recognize colleges and universities in Texas that provide robust online degree offerings and meet the definition of an HSI as stated by the U.S. Department of Education. Texas Tech achieved its HSI designation in 2019, the result of efforts across the entire university to serve the needs of a diverse and growing campus community.

Fall 2017 was the first time Texas Tech met the Department of Education enrollment criteria to be recognized as an HSI, with Hispanic students comprising 27.8% of the undergraduate student body that semester. By fall 2020, that number had risen to 29.7%. Of the 131 Carnegie Tier One research institutions, Texas Tech is one of just 14 to meet the HSI criteria for designation.

"Texas Tech is honored to be recognized as the Top Online Hispanic-Serving Institution in Texas as ranked by Texas Online Colleges," said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and vice president of Texas Tech's Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. "As one of the universities designated as both a Carnegie-rated Very High Research Activity institution and an HSI, Texas Tech continues to find ways to serve our community that increase access while providing an educational experience that is second to none, as well as ways to reach beyond its physical footprint to provide opportunities in higher education for all Texans."

The ranking is based on seven key metrics for identifying academic excellence, using data from several sources, including the U.S. Department of Education:

• Small student-to-faculty ratio: Texas Tech has a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

• High number of online programs offered: The university offers 80 fully online degree programs as well as 20 online certificate and certification prep programs through eLearning & Academic Partnerships.

• High percentage of online students: During a typical year, there are about 4,000 fully online/remote and regional students attending Texas Tech.

• High graduation rates: In fall 2020, the university reached a record six-year graduation rate of 63.3%.

• High retention rates: Texas Tech also reached a record first-year retention rate of 87.6%.

• High desirability, or the relationship between the number of applicants to a school, those who were admitted and of those, the number who enrolled.

• Academic influence, based off the number of scholarly contributions made by the institution's faculty in their fields of study and how often they were cited by other scholarly works.

This is Texas Tech's second recognition from the site in recent months. In October, Texas Online Colleges ranked the university as the No. 1 online college in the state based on the quality of academics offered, the number of online programs offered and the number of students who graduate from those online programs. In the same list, Texas Tech also was ranked as the No. 2 best value online college in Texas as well as among the most affordable online colleges in the state.


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