Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter

Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted: 09 Feb 2021 12:00 AM PST

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is adding four more degrees to UW–Madison Online — its portfolio of online undergraduate degrees — in an ongoing effort to increase access for nontraditional students and meet demands of employers across the state and beyond.

Applications are now open for these fully online degree programs:

"At a time when online education has been more important than ever, we're leveraging technology and our top-tier faculty and programs to open up the university to more people who are seeking a degree that they can use to build a better future for themselves," says UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Blank emphasizes the importance of strengthening educational outcomes and increasing access to underrepresented populations, adding that the university must meet the needs of a growing audience of nontraditional students in Wisconsin who can't attend in person and want to balance work, family or other obligations.

UW–Madison Provost John Karl Scholz says the addition of online degrees not only removes barriers to a college education for more Wisconsin students, but the degrees carry the university's excellence in teaching and learning.

"I am excited to see UW–Madison extend its reach to new audiences who welcome the challenges and opportunities provided by a world-class, online Badger education in these vital business and human ecology programs," Scholz says.

Three online business degrees will be offered through the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB), ranked 7th in public undergraduate business programs across the nation. The BBA in Management is a flexible option that prepares people for leadership roles in a variety of growing industries. Students graduating with the BBA in Human Resources will be equipped to a play a crucial role in motivating, developing and retaining an organization's employees. A BBA in Marketing will allow graduates to meet an employer's need to successfully market products and services.

"These new online business degrees respond to the dynamic forces of today's digital economy," says WSB Dean Vallabh "Samba" Sambamurthy. "As the needs of industry continually evolve, the Wisconsin School of Business is committed to creating agile learning opportunities and extending access to business education. These degrees will position students to launch meaningful careers with a solid foundation in business fundamentals."

The degree in Consumer Behavior & Marketplace Studies, preparing people to innovate and lead a rapidly evolving industry, will be offered through the highly regarded School of Human Ecology (SoHE). SoHE pioneered and continues to offer UW–Madison Online's first degree, the BS in Personal Finance.

"At the School of Human Ecology, we work collaboratively to understand the complex relationships among people and their everyday environments, such as the marketplace," says SoHE Dean Soyeon Shim. "With our second fully online degree through UW–Madison Online, our expert instructors will continue to prepare students to address complex problems in an evolving world."

UW–Madison Online degrees are designed for people who have earned an associate degree or have some college credit. Eligible students can ask questions and apply at online.wisc.edu. Students can start the program in fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022 and beyond. UW–Madison Online degrees are designed to be flexible, so students can choose their course load and keep career and family commitments.

UW–Madison is not new to the online arena. For more than 20 years, the university has offered online master's degrees and certificates. The Professional Degrees and Certificates program currently has more than 80 certificates, master's and doctoral degrees available as flexible options for working adults—many of them online. Online enrollments for these programs have grown more than 77 percent over the past five years. UW–Madison Online hopes to enroll several thousand nontraditional undergraduate students in the next decade.

"During a challenging year, our university continues to move forward in building strong online bachelor's degree programs that will serve Wisconsin students, families and the business community so we can grow a brighter future together," Blank says.

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

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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