UHD Ranked for Online Learning Excellence in Six Categories
By Sheryl E. Taylor
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings has recognized University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) for offering one of the best online learning environments in the county in six categories in its annual survey.
UHD was ranked by ACO for its offering the best online learning options in: finance, marketing, criminal justice, psychology, criminal justice master’s program, laptops and technology perks.
Only accredited, public, not-for-profit institutions with at least one online program were eligible for placement in these rankings. The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges and programs for 2018 include the following:
- Acceptance Rates
- Cost of Tuition
- Degrees Awarded
- Graduation Rates
“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we wanted to honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree," said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and affordable.”
Since 2012 AffordableCollegesOnline.org provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Through free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources.
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.