Gateway receives two additional national recognitions for online education
Gateway Community & Technical College has been named a top online institution by affordablecolleges.com and best online community colleges. These are national recognitions based on criteria that measures the affordability, accessibility and quality of colleges online course and program offerings.
Gateway's online Business Administration degree is named one of the top 25 Best Value programs of 2016 by affordablecolleges.com. The AffordableColleges.com Value Score weighs criteria such as loan default rates, graduation rates, and financial aid data. When calculating the rankings, data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is utilized.
Gateway was named 33 of 1000 accredited institutions earning a title of best online community colleges. Using official, standardized data and weight metrics such as the number of online programs, the percentage of online students, graduation rates and cost, the Center for Online Education creates a list of over 1000 accredited online colleges that provide excellent support, instruction and results for their online students.
These recognitions follow Gateway's rank as the number one provider of online education in the state of Kentucky and ranked 57 in the nation, according to OnlineColleges.com. This ranking is the result of reviewed data from National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to rank over 2500 accredited colleges and universities.
The national recognition our program continues to receive speaks volumes about the outstanding work done by faculty and staff to provide quality online course offerings, said Fernando Figueroa, Gateway President. With online education, as well as all offerings at Gateway, our goal is to meet students where they are and help them get where they want to be.
Faculty commitment to online course excellence is celebrated at Gateway, said Doug Penix, associate vice president for academic services. Iam pleased that our efforts continue to be recognized by organizations that evaluate the quality of online programs. We are honored to have received these recognitions every year since 2013. More importantly, Im proud of the quality education that we offer our students and the success it allows them to achieve.
Online courses are developed by Gateway faculty and instructional designers using nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) guidelines to insure a quality educational experience for students. The QM rubric is used to guide the evaluation of course overview and introduction, learning objectives, assessment, instructional materials, learner interaction and engagement, course technology, learner support and accessibility.