(PRWEB) November 11, 2014
Traditional universities have embraced online education. It’s no longer the territory of for-profit universities with dubious track records. There are now 49 universities in Texas that offer some type of degree online. Edudemic evaluated and ranked these schools to understand the best online degree programs in Texas. These individual state rankings are part of Edudemic’s 2015 Online College Report.
West Texas A&M University, the #1 pick, is a large public school that still manages to provide high touch, personal service. They took the top spot in our rankings for several reasons: competitive tuition rates, excellent support services, a selection of six different online degrees, and overall strong performance.
Everyone in our top 5 finished strong. The #2 school, Angelo State University, has the lowest tuition rate in the state. At #3, Dallas Baptist University offers the most variety with 16 Bachelors degrees online. Rounding out the group are the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University, who both had strong academic performance metrics.
Online Education Defined
Many universities offer some kind of coursework online. But there is a difference between offering a couple of classes online and preparing a traditional university to handle the needs of online-only students. That’s why Edudemic only looked at schools that offer at least four, 100% fully online Bachelors degrees. No lines at the bookstore. No late nights at the library. No campus visits, ever.
The Best Online Schools in Texas
Out of all the schools in Texas, Edudemic took a close look at 26 universities that offer at least four Bachelors degrees online. Data was originally sourced from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). The Edudemic methodology incorporated performance measurements (like graduation and retention rates), cost factors (like in-state tuition and financial aid packages), career services for specifically for online students, availability of information on their website, and much more. We verified all of the online degree programs, career service support, and financial aid services through written surveys, phone calls, and external research. Between written surveys, follow up phone calls, and additional research, Edudemic has compiled the most comprehensive evaluation of online education in Texas to date.
The Best Online Schools in Texas in 2015 is published at:
For questions and comments regarding this report, contact Kyle Dunning: kyle(at)edudemic(dot)com.
Here are the results of their ranking:
1. West Texas A & M University
2. Angelo State University
3. Dallas Baptist University
4. University of Houston
5. Sam Houston State University
6. University of the Incarnate Word
7. Texas A & M University-Commerce
8. Texas Tech University
9. LeTourneau University
10. Midwestern State University
11. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
12. Tarleton State University
13. Texas A & M University-Central Texas
14. Concordia University-Texas
15. The University of Texas at Arlington
16. Texas Woman's University
17. Lamar University
18. University of Houston-Clear Lake
19. University of Houston-Victoria
20. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
21. University of Houston-Downtown
22. The University of Texas at Brownsville
23. Northwood University-Texas
24. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
25. Amberton University
26. Remington College-Dallas Campus