February 1, 2012 by Gabriella D. Ferrari, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University’s online education programs, the online bachelor’s programs, as well as the engineering and nursing online graduate degree programs, were identified in the U.S. News and World Report first edition of Top Online Education Program rankings.
“It is gratifying for NMSU to be among the top online education programs in the nation identified by USNWR. NMSU participated in prior years when USNWR gathered information about distance education programs that was publicly shared without any ranking,” said Susie Ceppi-Bussmann, director of Technology-Assisted and Off-Site Programs at NMSU. “The shift this year to ranking is a reflection of the national trend to make comparisons to support informed consumer choices. How well these intentions have been realized is a matter of some debate among educators and USNWR is likely to modify the ranking methodologies next year and beyond. This first USNWR effort publicly acknowledges the NMSU faculty’s commitment to quality in providing fully online degree programs which is well deserved.”
Learn more about NMSU distance education at http://distance.nmsu.edu/degrees
The engineering graduate program was ranked 25th in student services and technology, which scores on number of technologies and services accessible to students, and 26th in student engagement, which scores how easy it is for students to participate in class and interact with their instructors.
The nursing graduate program was ranked 33rd in faculty credentials and training, which scored significant faculty academic credentials and training in teaching online. The nursing program also ranked 65th in student engagement and CCNE accreditation status, as well as 74th in student services and technology.
The education program was ranked 54th in student services and technology, 63rd in faculty credentials and training and 93rd in student engagement and NCATE accreditation status.
For online bachelor’s programs, NMSU ranked 61st in student services and technology and 151st in student engagement and assessment, which scored the many ways students may participate in class and have faculty who clearly and thoroughly assess students’ classwork.
For a full list of the rankings as well as the methodology used in this first assessment, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2012/01/09/about-the-top-online-education-programs-rankings