Gateway Named Top 25 Best Online College of 2015
Florence, Ky. (May 27, 2015) Gateway Community and Technical College is named one of the 25 Best Online Colleges of 2015 by BestColleges.com.
This national recognition reflects the outstanding work done by faculty and staff to provide quality online course offerings, said G. Edward Hughes, Gateway President/CEO. We strive to be a premier community and technical college and are thrilled that an independent organization like BestColleges.com has identified Gateway as one of the nations best. We continually work to meet student needs through e-Learning and campus-based classroom education and training.
To identify the best online colleges in the United States, BestColleges.com reviewed data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to rank schools based on admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation data. The highest ranking schools excelled in all four areas.
All ranked schools offer at least three fully-online degree programs and are not-for-profit institutions. Schools were ranked based on each data point, all weighing equally. Schools that did not have a particular data point available were excluded from that specific ranking to avoid unfairly punishing them for not having that information available. The cost of tuition was not a consideration because BestColleges.com determined the cost of a degree does not have a direct correlation to its quality. Retention and graduation were considered indicators of student satisfaction with the online program.
Faculty commitment to online course excellence is celebrated at Gateway, said Doug Penix, Director of Learning Environments. I am pleased that our efforts are being recognized by BestColleges.com, but even more importantly by our students.
Online courses are developed by Gateway faculty and instructional designers using nationally recognized Quality Matters guidelines to insure a quality educational experience for students. The Quality Matters (QM) rubric includes course overview and introduction, learning objectives, assessment, instructional materials, learner interaction and engagement, course technology, learner support and accessibility.
I went from being a content expert to an instructor who develops engaging content and course activities for students who learn from anywhere at any time, said Deep Ramamayake, Gateway faculty.
Gateway has developed over 70 online courses taught by over 90 certified online facilitators. In fall 2014, there were over 2700 online course enrollments.
For more information about the top 25 Best Online Colleges, visit http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/.