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UTB-TSC achieves ranking by U.S. News

January 10, 2012 9:44 PM
The Brownsville Herald

For the first time, a program at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College has been listed in the higher education rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

The College of Education’s master’s degree online program in educational technology was ranked 14th in Online Graduate Degree Programs in Education in the category of Student Services and Instructional Technology.

It is the first time U.S. News & World Report has nationally ranked online programs. The results were released Tuesday and covered programs in business, computer information technology, education, engineering and nursing. The magazine has long done rankings of U.S. colleges and universities and of more traditional programs.

The UTB-TSC online educational technology program was 14th out of 151 U.S. institutions with similar offerings.

“This is the first UTB program to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” UTB President Juliet V. García said in a news release. “It’s particularly impressive since it was among the first graduate programs in the UT System to be offered completely online.”

UTB-TSC was one of four Texas universities that ranked in the top 15 in the category on the U.S. News & World Report list, the release said. The others were the University of Houston, Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas-Permian Basin. The top-ranked school was Syracuse University, while others included Auburn University and the University of Southern California, the release said.

Miguel Angel Escotet, dean of the UTB-TSC College of Education, said the online master’s program in educational technology is personalized for students who are also professionals. The degree prepares students to become specialists in developing educational programs online, the news release said.

Criteria for the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the programs included demonstrating diverse online learning technologies and providing extensive mentoring and tutoring support services.

UTB began its first doctoral track in educational technology fall of 2011, the release said, building on the success of the master’s degree program.

The College of Education will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a public event on Friday at 11 a.m. in the second floor tower of the Education and Business Complex on campus. UTB celebrated its 20th anniversary this past September.

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