by Sheryl Marlar

The University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing continues to rise in the ranks . . . of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, that is.

Student on a laptopU.S. News released their 2017 rankings this week, and UWG’s online graduate nursing program ranked 29th for 2017, rising from 31st in 2016 and 41st in 2015.

The evaluating committee of U.S. News grades the country’s best online graduate nursing programs on factors such as faculty credentials and training, student engagement, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of the Tanner Health System School of Nursing (THSSON), is thrilled that the ranking improved once again.

“The importance of the recognition of our graduate program, which is 100 percent online, by U.S. News & World Report as a top-rated school for the fourth consecutive year cannot be overstated,” she said. “The fact that our ranking has increased each year with an impressive rank of 29th this year indicates the commitment of the faculty and staff to continuous assessment and improvement of teaching and learning practices.”

Kitty Whitley, a graduate student in her last semester in the nurse educator track, has recently accepted a faculty position at UWG.

“The online master of science in nursing program has enabled me to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse educator,” she said. “The flexibility of the program, the caring faculty, and the interactive online environment made continuing my education a rewarding experience. I am proud to be a student and honored to soon become a faculty member in the Tanner Health System School of Nursing.”

The THSSON’s mission is to exemplify academic excellence in a caring environment by providing quality undergraduate and graduate education to meet current and evolving health care needs within the global community.

“This recognition supports our strong reputation for academic excellence and commitment to caring,” Schuessler said. “I am honored to be a part of this program and extend my thanks and congratulations to the faculty, staff and students for making the school of nursing the extraordinary place that it is.”

Several other UWG programs were also ranked by U.S. News this year, including the online computer science graduate program, the online MBA and the online graduate education program.

For more than 30 years, U.S. News has been providing these education rankings to help students and parents find the right school, no matter the level of education in which students are interested.

Posted on January 10, 2017