The online master’s degree offered by Texas Tech University’s Whitacre College of Engineering is ranked among the best in the nation, according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Programs, released today (Jan. 8). The online programs in the College of Education also are ranked in the survey. This is the second year that students seeking an online education program are able to use this to help in their decision.
“Being ranked among the best in the nation illustrates Texas Tech’s commitment to offering high-quality distance degree programs,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “In today’s environment of rising cost in education, it’s important to have strong and flexible online and distance learning capabilities. That’s what we have here at Texas Tech, and that’s a credit to the faculty and staff who work hard to make that possible.”
The rankings are based on a survey conducted through the summer of 2013, U.S. News said. Respondents were ranked based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity. However, as a result of better and more robust data, including on program-level, outcome based measures such as one-year retention rates, graduation rates and indebtedness of students at graduation, U.S. News has made modifications to this year’s methodology.
Texas Tech’s Online Master of Engineering program is ranked 20th among institutions offering a master’s degree in engineering and housing at least one program that was ABET accredited at the bachelor’s level or higher.
“I am very pleased that our distance engineering program is recognized among the top 20 in the country,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the college. “This is a credit to our faculty and their dedication to student learning, quality instruction and professionalism.”
The Online Master of Education program at Texas Tech was one of 12 programs in Texas ranked.
“The College of Education at TTU has been a campus leader in distance learning for a number of years,” said Scott Ridley, dean of the college. “We are now expanding and improving our distance programming with the goal of not only delivering information but fostering the development of students’ trademark skills. While we are pleased the acknowledgement of our excellent programs, we will be much happier when we are in the top five in the nation.”