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U.S. News ranks UTA online graduate programs in education, nursing among the nation's best

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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The University of Texas at Arlington is among the leading academic institutions for students who want to pursue a graduate degree in education or nursing online, according to new national rankings for 2016.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the UTA Master of Education No. 30 among 267 schools surveyed on its 2016 list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs. The UTA Master of Science in Nursing is ranked No. 54 among 149 surveyed among 2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said the national rankings reflect the University’s leadership in appropriate use of technology to offer students the highest quality academic programs in an environment that enables them to continue building skills while engaged in the workforce.

“Our dedicated and talented faculty ensure that UTA is a recognized leader in offering engaging and effective graduate degree programs on platforms tailored for working professionals who want to advance their education,” Karbhari said. “These rankings reflect the commitment of our modern 21st century University to making an excellent graduate education accessible to all those seeking advanced knowledge and skills, and I applaud our education and nursing faculty and students for their achievement.”

Texas Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo and chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, said, “Our economy demands that advanced degrees in critical fields be accessible to the widest audience possible, and UTA has done an outstanding job of building its online graduate programs in education and nursing to serve our workforce needs. I congratulate UTA on its success and recognition in leading the way.”

The U.S. News online graduate program rankings are based on student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

With 844 graduates in the 2014-15 academic year, the UTA College of Education is one of the state’s leading producers of highly educated teachers and administrators. By supplying human capital in the form of superintendents, principals, administrators and teachers to the region’s many school districts, UTA is positively influencing K-12 students’ learning and preparation for college. The University plans even stronger partnerships with and support for that educational pipeline in 2016 and beyond.

In addition to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education, last month ranked UTA No. 2 on its list of the Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Education programs of 2016.

“These rankings demonstrate the exceptional teaching, quality research and forward-thinking collaboration between faculty and students that can be experienced through online learning,” said Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education, who also noted recent awards bestowed upon education faculty for excellence in the field of distance learning.

“We are proud to lead the way in providing innovative teaching combined with advanced technologies, from videoconferencing to digital mentoring tools, for graduate students who desire a flexible, personalized experience through online settings.” 

The U.S. News & World Report ranking for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation comes as the College experiences continued growth and national recognition. The College awarded 3,383 degrees during the 2014-15 academic year.

In November, the National League for Nursing honored the College as a Nursing Center for Excellence. It is one of only 12 nursing schools in the U.S. to earn the distinction in 2015. The designation, which extends through 2019, recognizes innovation in teaching and commitment to continual improvement.

“The UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation is firmly committed to innovation, research-based insights, continuous quality improvement and excellence across our programs no matter whether we are serving students in the classroom or online,” said Anne Bavier, dean of the College. “Our students thrive in clinical settings worldwide, and these rankings speak to our strategic efforts to advance health and the human condition throughout our curriculum.”

About the UTA College of Education

The College of Education is fully accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 2006 became the first College of Education within the UT System to receive accreditation through the prestigious National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The college currently offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees through Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Visit www.uta.edu/coehp to learn more.

About the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation 

The UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a leader in the development of scientific evidence and educational models that equip nurses and other health care professionals to effectively and quickly integrate into the healthcare scientific and practice workforce.  With 19,000 students in campus-based online degree programs, the College is one of the largest and most successful in the United States. Academic programs prepare individuals for clinical practice, teaching, research, leadership, administration, and health care policy. Visit www.uta.edu/nursing/ to learn more. 

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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