Texas Tech Commended Among Best Online Programs for Veterans
Whitacre College of Engineering ranked second for online graduate program.
Written by Karin Slyker
Texas Tech University recently was ranked second among “Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, now in their second year, were designed to help veterans identify high-quality online degree programs that suit their educational needs.
“Veterans and active-duty service members face unique challenges as students, from transitioning between bases and grappling with deployment to balancing work and family life upon return,” said Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News.
The rankings methodology requires participation in four key programs, including that they are certified for the GI Bill; participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or public institutions that charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans; affiliated with schools that are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium; and offer at least one course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog.
“I am very pleased that the efforts of our faculty and staff are being recognized for the quality online programs they provide.” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “It is especially satisfying that we are recognized for helping to educate our nation’s veterans who have served and our serving our country. Texas Tech appreciates the service of these men and women, and this recognition emphasizes that we are truly a veteran friendly educational institution.”
All schools evaluated in this ranking must have been awarded a numerical rank in the overall 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings, which were released earlier this year. Those programs were assessed for various factors, including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation.
“TTU Worldwide eLearning allows students to earn web-based bachelor’s degree programs in general studies, horticulture/turfgrass science, multidisciplinary studies, and university studies,” the profile reads. “14 master’s degrees, concentrated in agriculture, education, engineering, and science, and seven doctoral degrees (five online, two blended) are also available. Additionally, Texas Tech offers 13 online graduate certificates in fields such as autism, fibers and biopolymers, gerontology, and wind energy.”
Justin Louder, assistant vice provost for TTU Worldwide eLearning, said this ranking is a great achievement for Texas Tech.
“This ranking shows not only Texas Tech’s commitment to high quality online programs but also to our veterans,” Louder said. “The online engineering programs that Whitacre offers are highly sought after and allow students from all over the world to complete their graduate education at Texas Tech.”
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