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Texas Online Colleges & Universities: Top Schools for 2017-18

Updated on: 12/05/2017

Before enrolling in an online program, students often ask a series of questions to guide their college choice. Some questions focus on tuition and fees and whether their residency will impact cost. Others want to know how to identify the best online colleges and learning options in the state, and how each school stacks up against its respective peers. This page answers these questions and more to ensure that each potential online student in Texas has the knowledge and tools they need to make the college and career decision that’s right for them.

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The Growth of Online Colleges in Texas

The growth of educational technology has brought a wide range of distance learning opportunities to Texas. More and more colleges and universities are beginning to offer full courses and certificates within the online platform, and many have graduated to fully online degrees. Texas Tech University, for example, has more than 50 fully online and hybrid programs available to students via its TTU Worldwide eLearning. This includes three undergraduate minors, five bachelor’s degrees, 15 master’s degrees, seven doctorate degrees and 20 graduate certificate or prep programs. In addition to Texas Tech, 52 other four-year Texas colleges & universities provided online learning opportunities to students in 2017.

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Paying for College in Texas: Tuition & Financial Aid

Almost every student knows the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, at least on the surface. If you have established residency in the state for a certain period, e.g. 6 months, you qualify to pay a reduced tuition rate. However, students who have lived in the state for less than six months, or who continue to live elsewhere, usually pay a much higher cost per credit or per semester. Here’s a glance at in-state and out-of-state tuition averages in the state of Texas for the 2016-2017 school year:

In-state tuition: $5,384

Out-of-state tuition: $14,383

Source: U.S. Department of Education, 2017

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Do online college students in Texas pay in-state or out-of-state tuition?

Some colleges in Texas have strayed from the tuition norm, making in-state rates more widely available to those looking to enroll in degree programs or courses. This cost reduction stems from two specific changes in the higher education landscape: online learning and the mobile student. With online learning, schools may keep their online programs (and some individual courses) at the in-state rate, regardless of where their students reside. This attracts a wider range of qualified students who may or may not be able to attend classes in person. Before enrolling in an online program, it’s critical to fully understand your intended college’s or university’s payment structure to avoid potential surprises come pay day.

For students interested in hybrid programs (combinations of in-person and online classes), or who have mobile careers or nomadic lifestyles, a variety of Texas colleges offer tuition reciprocity through the Academic Common Market. This means that for qualifying programs, Texas residents pay in-state rates at any of the 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 15 participating institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Quick summary on tuition:
  • 1.Online students, regardless of residency, may qualify for in-state tuition rates.

  • 2.The Academic Common Market allows students in Texas to pay in-state tuition in 14 other states.

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid in Texas?

For federal financial aid, U.S. citizens should fill out the FAFSA application form. The sooner the better, but the ideal date to maximize your changes of receiving aid is March 15 — before the following academic year. Non-citizens must go through the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. Here the state will ask for tax records (from you and/or your parents) and school transcripts or other enrollment records. A successful application will result in student classification as a Texas resident for tuition purposes.

The state of Texas has a handful of requirements (and benefits) that everyone who plans to apply for aid should know. First, each student needs to make “satisfactory academic progress, or SAP. SAP requirements are part of Texas’s Maintain My Eligibility initiative, and include the following achievement and commitment criteria:

  • A minimum GPA

    2.0 at the baccalaureate level and 3.0 at the master’s and doctorate levels.

  • A minimum time commitment

    At least 67% of attempted credits per semester must be completed. Class drops, withdraws, incompletes, and class repeats excluded from GPA do NOT count.

  • Maximum credit loads

    Federal aid only covers a certain amount of instruction hours: First bachelor’s (180 credit max), second bachelor’s (45), teacher certificate (60), master’s degree (104), and doctoral degree (113). All courses that exceed maximum credit load must be paid for by the student.

If your GPA or credit loads dip and are not improved by the end of spring semester, you’ll receive notification from the state through your Texas State email address. All federal aid will be withheld until grades or credit loads meet expectations. For more information on reinstatement of benefits, and for a detailed rundown on how to apply or appeal, please visit the state of Texas Maintain My Eligibility page.

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College Scholarships & Grants in Texas

A wide range of scholarships and grants exist for college-bound Texans. Unlike financial aid, these awards are usually merit- and needs-based and don’t need to be repaid after graduation. Because they can be federal, state, private, vary by amount, and even focus on a specific course of study, it’s important to research each one individually to make sure you understand the requirements before lining up your college finances. Here’s a look at the common scholarship-related questions that come in from Texas college students, and how each one pertains to the research and application process:

Which scholarships and grants can I apply for?

The good news is, many Texas students learning on campus or online have a ton of scholarships for which they can apply. The first and most important step is to find them. Start by searching through updated databases of scholarships specific to the state, including the Texas page on scholarships.com and the Texas list on collegescholarships.com.

How do I apply for Texas scholarships and grants?

Once you’ve found a few that fit your academic goals and desired award amount, find the list of application requirements. This usually entails a minimum GPA, filling out a formal application, writing an essay, providing work or academic samples, and potentially an interview. Also, be very mindful of the application deadline. Give yourself plenty of time to complete everything, and don’t forget to have a peer or mentor go through your materials with you before you hit SEND.

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Best Online Colleges in Texas: 2017-2018

The word “Best” can be subjective, mostly because each student has a unique set of academic wants and needs. One college hopeful may want a list of the best accredited online colleges in Texas, while another wants to identify the best affordable online colleges in Texas. The following ranking provides a more comprehensive view of the online college landscape in Texas, weighing multiple factors across a broader range of quality and affordability. However, it also allows everyone to dive deeper into a number of specific data points. See which online colleges in Texas made our list of the “Best” for 2017-2018, and find the institutions that excel in the areas most important to your educational and career goals.

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Methodology
  • Accredited public or private not-for-profit institution

  • At least 3 online associate degrees or certificate programs (2-year schools)

  • At least 3 online bachelor’s or master’s degrees (4-year schools)

  • Annual in-state tuition below $5,000 (2-year schools)

  • Annual in-state tuition below $25,000 (4-year schools)

Colleges receive a total score based on performance in the following categories:

  • Average in-state net price for first-time/full-time undergraduates

  • Count and breadth of online programs available

  • Student-teacher ratio

  • 6-year graduation rate (4-year schools only)

  • % of beginning, full-time undergrads receiving scholarship/grant aid from the college

  • Average $ of financial aid students receive directly from the college

  • Availability of academic/career counseling services

  • Availability of job placement services for students and graduates

  • 3-year loan default rate

  • AC Online Peer-Based Value (PBV)*

  • *PBV is a proprietary metric that compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or similar) cost. In short, the PBV calculation denotes the overall value – or ‘bang for your buck’ – of an online degree.

Our college rankings are backed by data collected and analyzed from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a program managed by the National Center for Education Statistics. Surveying over 7,500 colleges annually, it is among the most longstanding and trusted providers of U.S. postsecondary information.

  • Most recent “Final Release” data available as of October 2017

Rank University Location Score Annual Tuition # of Online Programs Financial Aid % Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Credit for Experience Placement Services Counseling Services University Information
1 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX 100.00 $11,880 31 91% 10:1 33% yes yes yes
2 Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX 98.89 $6,476 32 55% 20:1 79% no yes yes
3 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX 98.76 $4,029 17 88% 20:1 27% no yes yes
4 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX 98.59 $24,900 19 99% 13:1 40% yes yes yes
5 University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 98.09 $4,151 23 89% 17:1 N/A no yes yes
6 Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX 97.98 $23,868 9 97% 13:1 32% yes yes yes
7 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX 97.88 $23,250 25 91% 13:1 55% no yes yes
8 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 97.31 $10,864 3 71% 23:1 63% no yes yes
9 Southwestern Adventist University Keene, TX 97.06 $18,840 10 96% 11:1 38% yes yes yes
10 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX 96.96 $3,760 16 59% 19:1 30% no yes yes
11 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX 96.88 $18,570 33 64% 14:1 33% yes yes yes
12 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX 96.86 $5,012 11 68% 18:1 44% yes yes yes
13 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX 96.41 $5,370 16 40% 17:1 44% yes yes yes
14 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX 96.21 $5,304 10 52% 19:1 43% yes yes yes
15 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX 96.20 $19,400 4 93% 13:1 41% no yes yes
16 University of Houston Houston, TX 95.98 $7,651 7 54% 21:1 48% no yes yes
17 Texas Woman's University Denton, TX 95.84 $5,650 16 43% 18:1 41% no yes yes
18 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX 95.61 $3,696 11 52% 19:1 43% yes yes yes
19 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 95.60 $8,878 14 51% 25:1 40% no yes yes
20 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 95.53 $4,896 19 22% 21:1 51% yes yes yes
21 Texas A & M University-Commerce Commerce, TX 95.49 $3,832 17 45% 20:1 45% yes no yes
22 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 95.43 $5,110 18 35% 22:1 59% no yes yes
23 University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston, TX 95.25 $4,536 13 31% 16:1 N/A no yes yes
24 University of North Texas Denton, TX 95.10 $6,904 16 45% 25:1 50% no yes yes
25 Lamar University Beaumont, TX 94.81 $5,232 21 18% 19:1 34% yes yes yes
26 Wiley College Marshall, TX 94.63 $9,240 3 35% 18:1 22% yes yes yes
27 University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX 94.60 $4,470 16 27% 20:1 14% yes yes yes
28 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX 94.58 $5,898 3 49% 18:1 37% no yes yes
29 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX 94.52 $4,176 5 46% 22:1 39% no yes yes
30 Texas A & M University-Kingsville Kingsville, TX 94.49 $4,366 8 36% 21:1 34% yes yes yes
31 Dallas Christian College Dallas, TX 94.02 $14,592 5 98% 13:1 30% yes no yes
32 Texas Southern University Houston, TX 93.97 $1,400 3 34% 18:1 16% yes yes yes
33 Texas A & M International University Laredo, TX 93.78 $3,731 5 25% 19:1 43% yes yes yes
34 Sul Ross State University Alpine, TX 93.59 $3,984 4 29% 15:1 27% no yes yes
35 Parker University Dallas, TX 93.56 $23,486 4 100% 10:1 N/A no yes yes
36 West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX 93.36 $4,602 8 24% 21:1 40% no yes yes
37 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX 93.14 $5,606 12 38% 20:1 39% no no yes
38 South Texas College McAllen, TX 92.78 $2,330 3 1% 24:1 100% no yes yes
39 Criswell College Dallas, TX 92.61 $7,200 3 67% 9:1 24% no no no
40 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX 92.55 $4,623 8 14% 19:1 40% no yes yes
41 King's University Southlake, TX 92.36 $9,120 7 65% 13:1 N/A yes no yes
42 Grace School of Theology Conroe, TX 91.21 $4,320 5 N/A 12:1 N/A no yes yes
43 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX 91.03 $5,101 4 N/A 8:1 N/A no yes yes
44 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX 90.87 $5,580 3 N/A 5:1 N/A no yes yes
45 Texas A & M University-Central Texas Killeen, TX 90.78 $3,982 14 N/A 13:1 N/A yes no yes
46 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 89.97 $5,731 7 N/A 24:1 N/A no yes yes
47 Messenger College Euless, TX 89.63 $7,500 3 8% 16:1 16% yes no yes
48 Amberton University Garland, TX 88.18 $7,260 6 N/A 19:1 N/A yes no yes
49 Northwood University-Texas Cedar Hill, TX 88.00 $21,950 7 N/A 6:1 30% yes yes yes
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2-Year Best College Rankings

Rank University Location Score Annual Tuition # of Online Programs Financial Aid % Student-Teacher Ratio Grad Rate Credit for Experience Placement Services Counseling Services University Information
1 Western Texas College Snyder, TX 100.00 $1,950 14 48% 16:1 N/A yes yes yes
2 Odessa College Odessa, TX 98.00 $3,240 34 22% 19:1 N/A no yes yes
3 Panola College Carthage, TX 97.49 $600 5 42% 18:1 N/A no yes yes
4 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX 97.26 $2,310 18 20% 20:1 N/A no yes yes
5 Central Texas College Killeen, TX 97.22 $2,790 41 16% 16:1 N/A yes yes yes
6 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX 96.43 $960 21 31% 24:1 N/A no yes yes
7 Grayson College Denison, TX 95.49 $2,088 4 29% 21:1 N/A yes yes yes
8 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX 95.34 $3,720 3 18% 18:1 N/A yes yes yes
9 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX 94.57 $2,130 19 3% 25:1 N/A yes yes yes
10 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX 94.25 $1,968 6 7% 22:1 N/A no yes yes
11 Navarro College Corsicana, TX 94.19 $1,260 8 10% 22:1 N/A no yes yes
12 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 94.14 $2,688 18 16% 17:1 N/A yes yes yes
13 McLennan Community College Waco, TX 94.02 $2,976 4 27% 17:1 N/A yes no yes
14 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX 94.00 $1,824 6 4% 26:1 N/A yes yes yes
15 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX 93.91 $2,136 17 2% 18:1 N/A no yes yes
16 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX 93.82 $1,008 18 10% 19:1 N/A no yes yes
17 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX 93.81 $2,550 5 20% 14:1 N/A no yes yes
18 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 93.58 $2,064 11 11% 26:1 N/A yes yes yes
19 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 93.34 $2,112 6 9% 14:1 N/A no yes yes
20 Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont, TX 93.34 $2,878 4 7% 16:1 N/A yes yes yes
21 Cisco College Cisco, TX 92.79 $4,260 7 32% 17:1 N/A no no yes
22 Houston Community College Houston, TX 92.66 $2,280 6 4% 24:1 N/A yes yes yes
23 Austin Community College District Austin, TX 87.64 $2,010 12 10% 21:1 N/A no no yes

Finding the Texas Online College for You

Every student has different priorities when evaluating potential colleges: saving money, program quality, a spacious campus, a great career center. Because student needs can vary widely, we’ve polled students from across the state to see what’s on their mind and why. Here are three of the most popular college choice questions that came up, and the answers and info needed to make the right online college decision in Texas.

Which Texas colleges accept transfer credits and work/life experience?

Just about every college and university in Texas accepts transfer credits. The key is figuring out if a specific class you’ve taken previously will count toward your new degree program. The state of Texas uses the Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system to help students identify if a course credit is transferable and, if so, which course at their new institution it maps to. Even if there’s a clear mapping, some caveats may apply, including your grade in the previous course and whether or not your new program requires a certain number of credits earned within their department.

A number of campus-based and online colleges in Texas award credits for work and life experiences. Earning such credits usually falls within three main categories: credit by examination, credit for military training, and credit for civilian training, e.g. the police academy. Central Texas College gives students thirteen opportunities to earn academic credits from work- and life-related experiences. Texas State University offers similar benefits through its Department of Occupations, Workforce, and Leadership Studies. Here students can earn up to 24 credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

I live in Texas. Do I need to pick an online college in Texas?

No. Many colleges outside of the state encourage Texas college students to apply for admission. Further, many offer their online students in-state tuition rates.

How do I pick an online college in Texas?

Start by identifying the qualities you need in a college and an online program: reputation, accreditation, affordability, attention (via student-faculty ratio), or great support services – then order them by importance. Second, find a complete list of colleges in Texas that offer online programs – the ranking on this page and the search tool below are great places to start. Once you have your list of schools, filter them by your most important data point. For example, if you’re focusing on affordable options, try circling all the schools with tuition rates under $10,000 per year – then rinse and repeat for the remainder of your desired school qualities. This should help you narrow your search down to a small handful of candidates. From there, think about physical visits or phone conversations with counselors for more info.

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Online Programs & Departments in Texas

To get a better sense of the true landscape of online learning in Texas, we asked each of the colleges on our list to answer a few questions about what makes their programs unique. We heard back from a few of the state’s best institutions. See what they said below:

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

We combine the best parts of the classroom experience with the best of online learning. Our FLEXCampus allows students to choose each week whether to attend in the classroom, to attend via a fully interactive web conference, or to attend by watching the recording of the class session. FLEXCampus allows students to choose the best way to attend based on their location, schedule, and learning style.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our mission is “to educate and mentor,” because we believe that a great education should transform the whole person. Therefore, we integrate personal growth into the heart of our curriculum and coach students throughout their path to graduation. The FLEXCampus at Dallas Christian College makes that education available even when “life” makes it difficult to go to college.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We are adding two new degree programs in the Spring of 2014 and will continue to add degree programs. We expect to enhance our life-coaching program to be even more personal. We expect to enhance our national accreditation with regional accreditation.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

At Lubbock Christian University, our goal is to provide our online students with the same personalized attention a student would get in our face-to-face classes. We keep our online classes small and expect our teachers to interact personally with students throughout our courses. Students receive prompt and thorough feedback on assignments. In addition, we try to surround students with a variety of supportive services, including a personal support services coach, disability support services, an online chapel, and an online writing center. We utilize a variety of online teaching strategies and try to utilize cutting edge technology to create an interactive and innovative approach to our online learning. Our mission at Lubbock Christian University is to challenge students to think critically, to excel in their disciplines, and to model Christ.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our online programs are valuable to students because they prepare our students for professional advancement and for living a Christian life. Our students graduate with excellent written and oral communication skills and with the discipline-specific knowledge they need to be successful in their careers. At the same time our students also get to examine ethical dilemmas and professional situations with the mentoring of Christian professors who will help students think critically about how their Christian worldview intersects with their professional responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our online programs will continue to utilize the best pedagogy and research available to develop programs that equip students to be outstanding professionals and dedicated servants of God. Our commitment to students is and will remain that they will get personalized attention and mentoring to help them develop as students and as people. We believe that the college experience should involve more than classroom learning; it should also involve developing critical thinking skills and Christian morals and principles. Whatever the technology or teaching strategies, we will continue to hold true to our values as an institution and do everything we can to provide an unrivaled experience for students.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

MSU has systematically chosen programs to deliver to students online. The effort began in the Health Science fields where learners were in need of continued educational opportunities while working in their trained professions. The online programs allowed these students to continue their employment while earning the advanced degree for skills and advancement opportunities.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

MSU is an exceptional value regardless of the methodology. However, the opportunities presented to the online students have an increased value due to access and flexibility in residence. The Health Science programs and the Adult Completion degree (BAAS) are targeted to the experienced learner with clear learning and professional objectives in mind.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

MSU will continue to choose the programs and courses developed for online delivery carefully. There are plans to expand in the professional degrees as well as increased course offerings for the students that are taking traditional campus courses. An online M.A. in Criminal Justice and an online MBA will be coming in late 2014 or early 2015.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

Schreiner’s online students benefit from the same one-on-one attention and mentorship that its traditional face-to-face students enjoy. Technology is not a barrier to student engagement, but an enhancement.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Most online students are seeking flexibility to fit education within their busy schedules, plus personal attention from faculty who are committed to student success. Schreiner delivers this effective combination.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Schreiner will continue measured growth in its online courses and degree programs, ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of each student’s experience.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

South Texas College’s faculty and staff believe that learning should provide the same quality student outcomes regardless of instructional medium. With that in mind, online learning at South Texas College attempts to provide students with multiple modes of learning and assessment in a given course or program of study.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

South Texas College offers over 20 fully online certificate and degree programs. These certificates and programs are especially valuable because today’s students are “time-bound” by their family and work responsibilities. Online courses and programs allow students to continue their education while still balancing all their other responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In five years, South Texas College plans to provide at least 5-7 more online programs and enhance its students services provided to students. As enrollment increases, the college sees that this mode of learning will become more mainstream, and our students will greatly benefit from the opportunities that they provide.

We have worked diligently to develop online programs, especially at the graduate level, that are regionally relevant, but have a broad national and international appeal. Examples of this are our MS in Criminal Justice, the MA in Translation and the MBA in Spanish. We think of our online programs as passport degrees to global opportunities

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our faculty are top-notch educators adept at online teaching. Each has substantial research expertise that also taps into our unique location, cultural confluences and the international experience that infuses our programs. These strengths, combined with our low cost and flexible entry, are proving most attractive to students.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We will continue to build on our innovative online programs that have a regional economic impact, but can clearly be exported nationally and internationally. Our campus and programs are at an enviable crossroads of the Americas, which will continue to fuel our online programs in Spanish for Spanish-speaking countries in this Hemisphere and beyond.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

Our instructors are dedicated to creating online courses that engage students in authentic activities and prepare them for problem solving and careers in the world beyond school. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi currently offers fully online degree programs. Several core curriculum courses and hundreds of other courses are blended or fully online. Students are well supported by instructors, support services, and the Islander community. Instructors who teach online participate in professional development that ensures that their courses are well organized, rigorous, highly interactive, and engaging.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The expertise of our instructors in their fields, as well as their dedication to their students, is what makes our programs so valuable. Instructors put a lot of time into developing rigorous, engaging courses. Those who teach online attend 24 workshops that cover best practices for online learning and how to develop authentic learning experiences. Online courses are reviewed for quality and faculty work in mentoring pairs to provide input and critical peer-review. The Center for Faculty Excellence also provides professional development experiences for faculty to support their effective teaching. Instructors and staff work in concert to clarify expectations for students, provide the support they need to succeed, and provide individualized attention and feedback. With Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s online programs students find convenience, choice, and more flexible scheduling. Students are able to tailor their experience to their individual situations and learning styles. Online instruction tends to provide multimodal presentations of content that is more accessible to people with disabilities as well as to students who speak English as a foreign language. Unlike in face-to-face lectures, students can review online content as often as they need to. Many students have expressed a preference for learning online as opposed to the face-to-face classroom.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Currently, most instructors are delivering their courses with online components. Within five years, all instructors will deliver their courses as web-enhanced, blended, or fully online. Our institution is rapidly expanding its online offerings. Within five years, we will offer many more certificate and degree programs online. We also envision many partnerships with off-campus organizations that will facilitate authentic experiences for students beyond the physical classroom.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

The University of Texas-Pan American offers online graduate programs to be innovative and entrepreneurial. They provide better access to students to the great programs that we offer at UTPA. We strive to maintain a student perspective and respond to their need as far as program delivery. Some of our online programs are scheduled during the same semester period as our on-campus program whereas other programs offer an online, accelerated format that offers the same curriculum at a much faster pace. It’s all about offering students several options that make sense for their own learning styles and personal obligations.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

All of the graduate programs at UTPA – online and on-campus – offer added depth to the learning experience based on extensive faculty expertise and research, some of which is focused on the unique characteristics and research on an international, border region.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

UTPA expects to consistently increase our offerings of online graduate programs in response to student demand. This growth will come from offering a second delivery format for existing programs and offering new degree programs solely online. We believe that online education will have a transformative effect on UTPA. As faculty develop new ways to consider the interaction with students, these techniques will then be transitioned to the on-campus programs.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) is a SACS accredited university and offers quality online programs in the fields of business, science, education and human science and humanities. Currently, the Bachelor’s programs are all completer programs. One can take the lower level courses at a community college and complete the program online by taking the upper-level courses at UHCL. Online Master’s offerings at UHCL could be completed fully online. The online programs offered are affordable, career-oriented and caters to the needs of a modern student population. University faculty and staff are well equipped and in tune with changing technology and pedagogy.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Online programs at UHCL are attainable, user-friendly, student-centered and applicable to real-life careers. A student can achieve a certificate, a bachelors or a master’s degree while working a full-time job and/or raising a family. The university faculty and staff strive hard to offer quality online courses and programs by maintaining the state and national standards to make the student learning experience an excellent one. The current programs could be found in:

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/PRV/OnlinePrograms/UHCLOnlineHome
Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In the future, UHCL plans to grow fully online programs in the field of science and technology, education, leadership, and behavioral sciences. Beyond the next five years, UHCL will offer selected lower level courses online to provide yet another pathway for freshman and sophomores to take required courses to meet their program requirements.

How would you describe the institution’s approach to online learning?

UHV provides programs that meet the needs of working students in the Crossroads region and beyond who cannot find a way to attend face-to-face classes. Many students now take courses in online programs but also hybrid courses that have some face-to-face requirements. In effect, UHV does not make distinctions between its face-to-face and online program delivery.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

These programs are convenient for students who wish to balance work, family and education.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years?

UHV views its mission as one of expansion, extending its online program inventory to meet workforce needs, while expanding program quality through new technologies and electronic pedagogy.

How would you describe your institution’s approach to online learning?

West Texas A&M University’s approach to online learning is to focus on delivering high quality, up to date programs taught in a robust online environment. We seek to maintain quality instruction in the spirit of continuously improving our courses and programs.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

These programs are convenient for students who wish to balance work, family and education.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our expectation for the next five years and beyond is that WTAMU will continue to expand online program offerings and will incorporate technological advances in a way that will enhance quality in order to remain a leader in the delivery of distance education.