Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Named One of Best Online Colleges in Texas

Cara Vandergriff

September 10, 2015

The Worldwide eLearning program at Texas Tech ranked 13th overall on a list of the best online colleges in the state.

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Texas Tech University recently was named one of the best online colleges in Texas for the 2015-2016 school year. Texas Tech's Worldwide eLearning program, which makes it possible for students to pursue their education online, ranked 13th in the state of Texas and was first among Big 12 schools.

The annual list was created by Affordable Colleges Online, which made its rankings based on data from hundreds of colleges across the nation, all offering online bachelor's degrees. Those included on the list offer the most notable balances of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning.

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the online student population in the United States has increased to more than 7 million. The state of Texas offers the second most online degree programs of any state in the nation.

The Worldwide eLearning program at Texas Tech gives students the option to continue their education without having to reside in Lubbock. The program offers more than 30 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs as well as more than 30 certification, preparation, minor and concentration programs. In addition, Worldwide eLearning provides six regional teaching sites across the state. 

Justin Louder

Justin Louder, assistant vice provost for Worldwide eLearning, said this ranking shows the dedication of the faculty and staff in proving they can deliver an excellent education online.

“By offering high-quality degrees to students, wherever they may be, Texas Tech demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs of the 21st century learner,” Louder said.

Louder feels the Worldwide eLearning curriculum offers unmatched opportunities for all students.

“We are proud that we offer more online or hybrid doctoral programs than any other university in the state,” Louder said.

The eLearning program at Texas Tech began in 1966 when five professors became “the flying professors” as part of a master's of engineering program, delivering programs by closed circuit television. Today, Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning works with academic departments to develop high-quality online and distance education programs utilizing both asynchronous and synchronous communication technologies that allow students to get a Texas Tech University degree from anywhere.