Texas Tech Ranked Among Best Online Graduate Programs
U.S. News & World Report survey lists Engineering and Education.
Written by Karin Slyker
The online graduate degrees offered by Texas Tech University’s Whitacre College of Engineering are ranked among the best in the nation, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Programs, released today (Jan. 8). The online programs in the College of Education also are ranked in the survey. This is the second year that students seeking an online education program are able to use this to help in their decision.
“Being ranked among the best in the nation illustrates Texas Tech’s commitment to offering high-quality distance degree programs,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “In today’s environment of rising cost in education, it’s important to have strong and flexible online and distance learning capabilities. That’s what we have here at Texas Tech, and that’s a credit to the faculty and staff who work hard to make that possible.”
The rankings are based on a survey conducted through the summer of 2013, U.S. News said. Respondents were ranked based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. However, as a result of better and more robust data, including on program-level, outcome based measures such as one-year retention rates, graduation rates and indebtedness of students at graduation, U.S. News has made modifications to this year’s methodology.
“We are excited that Texas Tech’s online programs are ranked among other prestigious universities in the nation,” said Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance. “Our institutions continue to make great strides in online learning, and I am proud we are able to offer Red Raiders a quality education whether online or in the classroom. This is an outstanding recognition.”
Texas Tech’s four online graduate engineering degree programs are ranked 20th among institutions offering a master’s degree in engineering and housing at least one program that was ABET accredited at the bachelor’s level or higher.
Programs included in the ranking are:
• Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management
• Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management
• Master of Science in Software Engineering
• Master of Engineering, including the interdisciplinary and healthcare engineering options
“I am very pleased that our distance engineering program is recognized among the top 20 in the country,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the college. “This is a credit to our faculty and their dedication to student learning, quality instruction and professionalism.”
The Online Master of Education program at Texas Tech was one of 12 programs in Texas ranked.
“The College of Education at TTU has been a campus leader in distance learning for a number of years,” said Scott Ridley, dean of the college. “We are now expanding and improving our distance programming with the goal of not only delivering information but fostering the development of students’ trademark skills. While we are pleased the acknowledgement of our excellent programs, we will be much happier when we are in the top five in the nation.”
Whitacre College of Engineering
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.
College of Education
The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.
Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy and secondary education.
The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology and special education.