Three TTU System Institutions Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
Graduate programs at Texas Tech University, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are listed in the 2015 edition of Best Online Programs.
Jan. 14, 2015 | Contact Doug Hensley
U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, where three of the universities in the Texas Tech University System received recognition for their graduate programs in four different areas – computer information technology, engineering, education and nursing.
"As the demand for online education increases, the Texas Tech University System and its universities must remain innovative to meet the needs of our students," said Chancellor Robert Duncan. "These rankings reflect our forward-thinking approach and are a testament to our commitment to accessibility in public higher education. I congratulate our three universities’ presidents, faculty and staff for their work in this important area."
Texas Tech University’s Worldwide eLearning received a spot in computer information technology, engineering and education. The 2015 rankings for Texas Tech University 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.
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.
Although Texas Tech University’s online engineering and education programs were ranked in 2014, both advanced to a higher ranking this year. This is the first year Texas Tech University’s computer information technology program has been ranked.
“One of our most important goals here at Texas Tech University is to increase the student engagement academically, whether it may be here in Lubbock or other areas,” said Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis. “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.”
Angelo State University’s teacher education and nursing programs also are listed among the top programs nationally for their online graduate degree offerings. Overall, Angelo State University ranked No. 30 among the 252 U.S. colleges and universities identified by U.S. News & World Report as offering online graduate education programs, and ranked No. 56 among the 133 institutions identified as offering online graduate nursing programs.
This is the third consecutive year the Angelo State University nursing program has made the Best Online Programs list and is the second straight year for the teacher education program in the College of Education. Angelo State University’s teacher education program ranked third and its nursing program in the College of Health and Human Services ranked sixth among the Texas institutions on the list.
“Offering quality online programs is a major factor in Angelo State University showing a steady growth in our graduate student enrollment numbers over the past several years,” said Angelo State University President Brian J. May. “National recognition of our programs is gratifying, but more importantly, it reinforces the fact that our online graduate students are getting an excellent education.”
Additionally, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s online graduate nursing program made the U.S. News & World Report rankings, coming in at No. 28 out of the 133 institutions listed. The School of Nursing online graduate program is ranked as the third-highest institution in Texas and has moved up two spots from its No. 30 ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Online Graduate Programs.
“The honor brings well-deserved attention to our School of Nursing and the institution,”
said Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Tedd L. Mitchell. “It is reflective of our mission to provide quality education and produce well-qualified
health care professionals.”
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 full rankings can be found on the U.S. News and World Report website at www.usnews.com/online.
About the Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the nation, consisting of four component institutions —Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso—and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the Texas Tech University System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2014, the Texas Tech University System’s endowment exceeds $1 billion, total research expenditures were approximately $200 million and total enrollment approached 47,000 students. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the Texas Tech University System continues to prove that anything is possible.