CUW has been ranked as one of the nation’s best colleges for online master’s programs in education. Just 6 percent of regionally accredited post-secondary institutions earned a ranking position.
Concordia University Wisconsin has been recognized as one of the best schools for online learning at the master’s level by OnlineMastersDegrees.org (OMD). CUW’s education programs earned top honors for overall quality, affordability, and commitment to student success.
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Steven Witt, PhD, director of the graduate literacy program, said the ranking is a testament to CUW’s science-based curriculum and expert adjuncts.
It’s not the first time the reading literacy program has received recognition. In 2019, CUW was the lone school in Wisconsin to earn a spot on Online Degrees’ list.
Each school on the list offers a fully or partially online master’s program in education. OMD Co-founder Kyle Darland said they focused this year’s list on the schools that are making it easier for students to compete in an increasingly difficult job market – one where earning a master’s has become a minimum barrier to entry for many.
A recent survey from CareerBuilder found that “33 percent of employers are hiring workers with master’s degrees for positions that had been primarily held by those with four-year degrees.” These employers cited an evolution of the skills needed to perform the jobs as the cause of the shift, and an increase in work quality, productivity and employee retention as the result.
“Providing students with opportunities to get a master’s online is only part of our rankings,” said Darland. “Top-ranked schools also had competitive tuition rates and/or scholarships to help drive costs down. And with grocery, gas and other expenses on everyone’s mind right now, an affordable master’s is key.”
OnlineMastersDegrees.org analyzed more than 7,700 accredited universities by using data pulled from the schools themselves and from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). After the data was compiled, OMD’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each of the different master’s degrees specialties. Primary data points include:
- Academic counseling services
- Career placement services
- Student/faculty ratio
- Percent of students receiving school-based aid
- Amount of school-based aid per student
To be eligible for ranking, a university must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online master’s program in the ranking subject. Just 6 percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.
OnlineMastersDegrees.org began in 2020 to support online learning at the master’s level. Our user-friendly, research-backed content helps students find scholarships, resources, financial aid, and connect with accredited colleges and universities across the country.
On June 12, Concordia will host its annual Literacy Institute for educators. Wiley Blevins will keynote. Blevins is a world-renowned early literacy expert. He is also an author, educational consultant, and researcher. Wiley earned his doctorate at Harvard University and has taught in the United States and South America.
At the workshop, he will share his expertise from 35 years of classroom research on the seven critical ingredients of phonics teaching that will produce the greatest learning gains in students.
Interested in pursuing your master’s degree at CUW? Our education programs focus on optimizing your abilities to serve students, schools, and the community through education. We develop well-rounded educational professionals that can teach and lead in rural and urban communities. With a Christian-centered focus, relevant curriculum, and engaging faculty you can play a meaningful role in the world of education.