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Robert Bangert-Drowns, dean of the School of Education, and one of the school’s pioneers in the field of online learning. (UAlbany photo)
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 9, 2018) — With today’s release of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings, the University at Albany retains its position among America’s elite in providing online graduate study in the field of education.
The publication’s “2018 Best Online Education Programs” lists UAlbany’s School of Education in a tie for 8th among 309 institutions offering online master’s degree programs in education — the School’s second straight ranking in the top-10. Clemson University in South Carolina was ranked No. 1. UAlbany, the highest-ranked New York State school, tied with Penn State University and the University of Georgia.
“High quality on-line programs help us reach students we would not,” said UAlbany Provost James R. Stellar. “Especially in this critical area of education, I am pleased to see UAlbany once again recognized as a leader.”
“School of Education faculty were pioneers in the field of online learning from the 1990s,” said School of Education Dean Robert Bangert-Drowns, himself one of those early pioneers. “We’ve always been committed, not just to convenient access to education, but to academic excellence and rewarding interpersonal experiences online.”
In assessing 309 institutions for their online graduation education programs, U.S. News weighted each school’s excellence in five categories:
Student engagement (35 percent)
Student services and technology (20 percent)
Admissions selectivity (15 percent)
Faculty credentials and training (15 percent)
Peer reputation (15 percent)
Associate Provost for Online Learning Peter Shea. (Photo by Paul Miller)
The School of Education offered 132 online courses last year. Peter Shea, UAlbany’s associate provost for online learning, noted that online courses, programs and enrollments across the University have grown steadily for the past five years, including a 26 percent expansion in the past two years, to more than 11,000 students in 2016-17. There are now 17 …