Three UNM programs are among those listed in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs Rankings.
The online master’s in Engineering program from UNM School of Engineering is ranked No. 50 (up from No. 53 in 2020); the online master’s in Nursing from UNM School of Nursing is ranked No. 83 (up from No. 99 last year) and the online master’s in Education from the UNM School of Education and Human Sciences is ranked No. 91.
This particular set of rankings looked exclusively at online programs. Other rankings released throughout the year by the same group assess other kinds of programs. UNM is often ranked, and many programs have been recognized with similar accolades over the years.
“U.S. News’ ranking of these online programs is a testament to the extraordinary work of our faculty and staff in creating engaging and rigorous online programs,” said UNM Provost James Holloway. “UNM has invested in online learning over the years and built our capacity to deliver this kind of excellent education online. It’s not for everyone or for every program, but when we do it, we want to do it well.”
U.S. News and World Report uses five criteria in establishing the best online programs rankings:
- Engagement (student engagement with each other, faculty engagement with students)
- Faculty Credentials and Training (instructors with academic credentials as well as a devotion to resources in training faculty members in online learning environments)
- Expert Opinion (a survey of academic officials who assess intangible factors)
- Services and Technologies (diversity of learning technologies)
- Student Excellence (strong student body contingency, active in their campus and community)