Texas Tech's Online Programs Nationally Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

This is the fourth consecutive year the university’s online education programs have been recognized by the prestigious news organization.


U.S. News and World Report released its Best Online Programs rankings Tuesday (Jan. 12) where Texas Tech University was ranked in four different areas: Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Program (No. 11), Best Online Graduate Engineering Program (No. 16), Best Online Graduate Education Program (No. 78) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (No. 100).

This is the fourth consecutive year Texas Tech has been included in the rankings and the first time to be ranked for its online bachelor’s programs.

“Congratulations once again to Worldwide eLearning on being ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its online education programs,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “Our goal at Texas Tech is to provide a high-quality education to all our students both near and far. Worldwide eLearning’s faculty and staff have made great strides in these efforts, and I am happy to see their hard work paying off.”

The results of the U.S. News and World Report rankings are gathered by a statistical survey with an analysis of five different categories: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

Last year, Texas Tech received the following rankings:

  • Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Program: No. 14
  • Best Online Graduate Engineering Program: No. 20
  • Best Online Graduate Education Program: No. 107

Texas Tech moved up as many as 29 spots in the rankings from 2015 to 2016.

“These rankings are a testament to the commitment our faculty, staff and administration have for offering high-quality online and distance education programs,” said Justin Louder, assistant vice provost for Texas Tech’s online and distance education program Worldwide eLearning. “Our rankings have steadily improved the last few years, and I am excited to see our online bachelor’s program ranked for the first time along with our other programs.”

Worldwide eLearning offers more than 50 degree, certification and certification preparation programs that are fully available online. There also are six regional teaching sites across the state, including El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes, Junction, Waco and Collin County, so educational goals can be achieved with Texas Tech throughout the state. The degrees earned online and at regional sites are the same degrees earned on Texas Tech’s main campus in Lubbock.  

For more information about Worldwide eLearning and a list of online programs visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/elearning/programs/.

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