Online Graduate Education Program Ranked Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 15, 2013 – The University of Texas at Brownsville is ranked 39th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Program Rankings released on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Juanita Urbano, a UTB employee, recently received her master’s in education degree in educational technology.
The university is the only University of Texas System institution ranked in the top 100.
“We know we have a strong academic program serving the region, the state and internationally,” said Dr. Miguel Escotet, Dean of the College of Education. “We always have been interested in investing in quality more than quantity. It is one of the few programs in the nation that offers different methodologies on how to teach only online, totally at a distance. Online mentoring, tutoring and academic socialization are crucial achieving real quality in any online program.”
The university offers an online 36-semester credit hour Master of Education in Educational Technology. Students can also complete certification in the Master Technology Teacher Program and an E-Learning Certificate. Students taking educational technology courses come up with solutions to problems they could encounter in the work place.
“The Master of Education in Educational Technology has been growing steadily in recent years,” said Dr. Rene Corbeil, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation in the College of Education. “This past fall, the educational technology program had the highest enrollment head count for all UTB graduate programs. One reason for this growth is because the program is offered fully online and attracts students from around the world.”
Some facts about the online degree program:
- It began in the 1997-1998 academic year.
- The program has four full-time and six part-time faculty members teaching online.
- There are more than 130 students currently taking classes.
- During the 2011-12 academic year there was an 80 percent new student retention rate.
- The program was nationally recognized in 2011 by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s Specialized Professional Association for Educational Technology Programs.
The magazine collected data from more than 1,000 institutions nationally that have online education graduate degrees. From there the magazine rated universities in four categories: Student Services and Technology, Faculty Credentials and Training, Student Engagement and Admissions Selectivity.
Specifically, the university ranked nationally:
- 4th in Student Services and Technology
- 30th in Faculty Credentials and Training
- 62nd in Student Engagement
- 73rd in Admissions Selectivity
Five other Texas institutions made it in the top 100.
The number of students taking graduate courses continues to increase for the spring semester. Preliminary figures from the Office of Enrollment Management indicate 1,039 students are taking graduate courses this semester. The number is an increase over the 1,024 students in spring 2012 and 937 students in spring 2011 taking graduate courses.
The master’s degree semester credit hours continue to increase with 5,813 hours being taking during spring 2013 compared to 5,279 hours in spring 2012 and 5,239 hours in spring 2011.