UWG Ranked Highly by U.S. News and World Report for Online Programs

Thursday, January 26, 2012

According to the first ever ranking of online programs by U.S. News and World Report, the University of West Georgia placed 26th in the nation for Online Student Services and Technology and 27th in the nation for Online Faculty Credentials and Training in the category of Online Bachelor’s Programs. UWG also ranked 14th in the nation for Student Engagement and Assessment in the Online Graduate Nursing category and 18th for Student Engagement and Assessment in the Online Graduate Business category.

According to the first ever ranking of online programs by U.S. News and World Report, the University of West Georgia placed 26th in the nation for Online Student Services and Technology and 27th in the nation for Online Faculty Credentials and Training in the category of Online Bachelor’s Programs. "UWG has an established tradition of offering high-quality distance education programs," said UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna. "We are home to the University System of Georgia eCore program and offer many innovative online programs in education, nursing, computer science and the social sciences, including a new undergraduate degree in criminology, and the WebMBA program, as well as doctorates in school improvement and, soon, nursing education. This is well-deserved recognition, and I appreciate all the hard work that our faculty and staff have put into making UWG a premier online destination.”

“Whether one is in the next county or another country, our focus on quality, affordability, and student service has made our online programs the ideal choice for many learners,” said Melanie Clay, executive director of extended learning and dean of USG eCore.

With an exhaustive student support system and high course completion rates, UWG’s online programs “have time and time again served as a model for other institutions,” she said.

This new ranking system illustrates that "greater national scrutiny is going to be focused on online programs," said Jason Huett, associate dean of online development and USG eCore.

The rankings by U.S. News & World Report confirm "how fast things are changing, how important this is and that we are on the right track," Huett said.

For more information on the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.