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Two New National Rankings Announced


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The hits keep coming for the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) rankings!

Recently, OnlineColleges.com announced that UHD is sixth in the nation for its Nonprofit Management Program. Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a list of colleges and universities that met the following four criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  • Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
  • Have at least one percent of students attending some form of distance education
  • Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2016-2017

UHD offers a multidisciplinary master's degree program in nonprofit management, covering every aspect of the field. This program focuses on entrepreneurship, program management, human resources and more to give students the necessary skills to become leaders in nonprofit organizations. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program was designed collaboratively with insight from prominent Houston-area nonprofits.

"This new ranking further reinforces our other accolades, including being ranked #5 by another organization, and being ranked #1 in Texas," said Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Management Degree Program and lecturer of political science at UHD. "We are so happy to achieve continued success!"

This ranking complements previous honors for the University's MNPM program, including a top five placement among Nonprofit Management Schools by Best Online Programs and a No. 2 ranking on the list of "Most Affordable Online Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management Degrees" from Affordable Colleges; and most recently Master's of Nonprofit Management made the list compiled by Online Master's of the nation's 47 best online management programs, even earning the distinction of "Best Multidisciplinary Program."

The University also was recently ranked #1 as the "Most Affordable Online Bachelor's of Finance" by College Choice. UHD, was joined by the University of Houston-Clear Lake (#2) and the University of Houston-Victoria (#7). For the 2018 rankings, College Choice placed equal emphasis on each category on the following and valued categories based on the degree and subject matter at approximately 20 percent each:

  • Affordability:  cost of the degree and affordability value
  • Quality: graduation rate and curriculum
  • Reputation: data from industry-specific journals and rankings
  • Satisfaction:  percentage of students who start and complete their degree
  • Value: average incomes of students (less than five years after they graduate)
About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.