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Texas Tech Receives Top Marks for Online Programs

The university was ranked 45th out of top 100 by BestColleges.com.

Written by Callie Jones

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Texas Tech University recently was ranked No. 45 among four-year universities for the “100 Best Online Colleges for the 2014 Academic Year” by BestColleges.com.

“This is a wonderful recognition of our online presence,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “Moving forward, as we continue to build our online property, it’s important to remember we have a firm, successful foundation already in place. Texas Tech University will continue to enhance its online offerings and actively recruit and encourage students, both traditional and non-traditional, to pursue one of our many online degree programs.”

Schools considered for the ranking consist of universities that offer at least one fully online degree, according to the website. Schools’ acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates were each considered as data points for the ranking.

Texas Tech Online & Distance Learning 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.”

Melanie Hart, vice provost for online and distance learning said this accomplishment is a sign of things to come from Texas Tech.

“This is an exciting recognition for Texas Tech,” she said. “It indicates that Texas Tech is among the leaders in the nation for online educational opportunities. Although being in the top 50 is good, we have a number of plans in various stages of development that will hopefully allow us to move up on this and other lists in the very near future.”

Texas Tech is one of only two Texas schools listed in the top 50.

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