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U.S. News & World Report Online Education Survey Rankings

University of the Incarnate Word earned the # 3 spot among Teaching Practice and Student Engagement and the #8 spot among Faculty Credentials and Training for the Virtual University programs in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

Online bachelor’s degree programs as well as graduate online degree programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and computer information technology were ranked.

These rankings were created in response to today’s high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. With many distractions to detract from one’s schooling, online education has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility.

“We are very proud the Virtual University has been recognized for this honor. We strive to deliver quality degree programs with strong curriculum, credentialed and experienced faculty, with customer service that can’t be beat. Adult students deserve the best and UIW’s Virtual University delivers on all counts”, says Dr. Cyndi Wilson Porter, Vice President for Extended Academic Programs.
While U.S. News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs. In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.
Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. The online master’s degree programs were ranked in similar categories, but were evaluated on student engagement and accreditation as opposed to assessment. There was also a separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity.

There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year. Instead, U.S. News created non-numeric honor roll lists of online programs. There is one honor roll for online bachelor's degree programs and one each for the master's degree programs, excluding computer information technology. Each list includes programs that performed well across a series of numeric indicator rankings.

Data was collected from both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to

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Contact: Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations, (210) 829-6001 ( or Julie Weber, UIW Extended Academic Programs director of marketing and recruitment 210-832-5631 ( )

About University of the Incarnate Word
The University of the Incarnate Word is a private liberal arts university with a 130-year tradition of educating diverse populations throughout the world within the context of faith. UIW is the largest Catholic University in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. More than 70 degrees are offered to the over 8400 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships between students and professors. Committed to offering students a global experience, UIW continues to develop internationally and boasts a presence in both China and Mexico, as well as in San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. UIW is a leader in international education, with nearly 100 “sister schools” in 35 countries. UIW is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

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