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Online Programs Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

K'Leigh Sims

January 7, 2015

Online Programs Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

Worldwide eLearning's programs are ranked in three different areas.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, where Texas Tech University's Worldwide eLearning received a spot in three different areas, all for graduate programs – computer information technology, engineering and education.

In 2014, Texas Tech's online engineering and education programs were ranked but both advanced to a higher ranking this year.

“One of our most important goals here at Texas Tech is to increase the student engagement academically, whether it may be here in Lubbock or other areas,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “With our online programs, we can help students near and far achieve their education goals, and I commend Worldwide eLearning faculty and staff for their strong efforts in helping students to do so.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks higher education institutions and programs in various areas, including:

  • Student engagement
  • Faculty credentials and training
  • Student services and technology
  • Peer reputation
  • Admissions selectivity

The 2015 rankings for Texas Tech include the online graduate computer information technology program at No. 14, the Whitacre College of Engineering graduate program at No. 20 and the online graduate education program at No. 107. This is the first year Texas Tech's computer information technology program has been ranked.

The engineering and education programs both tied with four other higher education institutions, but the Whitacre College of Engineering remained in the top 20 and is the highest-rated institution in Texas. The education program advanced from No. 166 to No. 107.

Recently Texas Tech climbed U.S. News' rankings for the 2015 year among national universities, coming in at No. 156, five spots higher than 2014 and up nine from 2013. This ranking increase was the largest among the Big 12 Conference public institutions and the second highest among all conference schools.

“Texas Tech is dedicated to providing top quality online education programs to our students no matter where they live,” assistant vice provost Justin Louder said. “Worldwide eLearning works with Texas Tech faculty, staff and students to make sure our online education programs are of the highest quality and these rankings highlight that commitment.”


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