The University of Nebraska at Kearney ranks eighth in the nation for its online graduate education programs.
the second consecutive year that UNK's College of Education online graduate programs have earned top ratings from U.S. News & World Report.
"It is a tremendous honor, and a testament to our faculty members, to be recognized as one of the very best universities in the nation at providing a high quality online educational experience for our graduate students," said Dr. Ed Scantling, dean of the UNK College of Education.
UNK is ranked eighth out of 208 colleges and universities (only 143 met the standards to be ranked).
Rankings are based on four categories: faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, and admissions selectivity.
Of the four categories, UNK ranked the highest in faculty credentials and training at 98 percent, making UNK one of the top two campuses in the nation in the faculty credentials and training category. Only Eastern Kentucky University placed higher.
"What truly makes our online graduate education degree programs outstanding is the high quality of our professors, and the training and assistance they receive from our eCampus colleagues here at UNK," Dr. Scantling said. "Further, we use our full-time faculty to teach and develop our online graduate courses and degree programs."
"We require all faculty who teach online to have training, and that training is provided by UNK," he added, noting that within the College of Education there are a number of professional development activities annually that enhance and reinforce the instructional training provided by eCampus."
Gloria Vavricka, UNK director of eCampus, said, "The College of Education faculty have always been innovative, ready to try new things. Once they started teaching online, they realized that the classroom expanded, and they could serve more students. Also, the teachers taking classes in UNK's online programs have found that they benefit by sharing experiences with other educators across the nation and around the world."
All distance education programs offered by the four campuses of the University of Nebraska are available through Online Worldwide, http://onlineworldwide.nebraska.edu/, the university-wide distance education initiative that provides access to more than 100 online degree and certificate programs, including bachelor's, master's and advanced degrees in 16 fields of study.