January 10, 2013
SR Education Group’s flagship site, Guide to Online Schools, released its annual list of the top online universities today. Texas Tech University’s eLearning Program is ranked 11th overall among online colleges.
“Not only is Texas Tech ranked among the top dozen institutions nationally, it is also first among the four research universities ranked among the top 25, which indicates a special level of strength and flexibility,” said Provost Bob Smith.
Texas Tech’s retention rate among non-profit schools is tied for first place at 82 percent. The university’s loan repayment rate is 64 percent. Other research universities ranked among the top 25 include the University of Minnesota (17th), Northern Arizona University (24th) and the University of South Florida (25th).
“Our purpose in publishing rankings of online schools is to help students look at the value and fit of a range of schools,” said Sung Rhee, CEO at SR Education Group. “In today’s environment of rising cost in education, it’s more critical than ever that students are empowered to make smart choices. That’s why our rankings combine objective measures of quality with data on cost and student reviews to create a fuller picture of the online education landscape.”
Guide to Online Schools evaluated online colleges on tuition costs, loan repayment rates, average retention rates and student reviews. To be considered for the rankings, a school must offer at least 10 baccalaureate or advanced programs that can be completed online and be nationally or regionally accredited. Each school was then given a score and a ranking based on these criteria.
“Texas Tech offers high-quality distance degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level,” said Justin Louder, assistant vice provost and director for the eLearning Program. “We are a top online university and we hope that more students consider Texas Tech for their distance education as a result of our inclusion on this list.”
Texas Tech’s eLearning Program and its online offerings can be found at www.de.ttu.edu.