FORT WAYNE, Ind.—In the newest 2012 national rankings of online undergraduate programs from U.S. News and World Report, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) ranks 10th in faculty credentials and training, 19th in teaching practices and assessment, and 97th in student services and technology.
The data, which was collected and reported by U.S. News and World Report, indicates IPFW’s online undergraduate general studies program focuses on student learning and utilizes the best-qualified faculty to teach online.
According to the magazine, there are three components to the survey: faculty credentials and training, student engagement and assessment, and student services and technology. Faculty credentials and training addresses the quality of the faculty and the institutional support they receive to teach online. Student engagement and assessment addresses the opportunity for active student participation in their courses as well as the assessment of student learning. Student services and technology looks at the array of technologies utilized and services offered.
“The IPFW rankings highlight our continued commitment to providing the best learning opportunities to all students, regardless of how they attend,” said William J. McKinney, vice chancellor for academic affairs. According to McKinney, the data also shows where the institution needs to focus. “It is important that as IPFW expands its online offerings, it also ensures that online students have access to the support services they need to be successful.”
Deborah Conklin, executive director of the Division of Continuing Studies at IPFW, says the online learning programs not only support the general studies online program, “…but offer multiple online certificates and minors and some graduate programs. Serving the overall student body who attends both on- and off-campus sites, online courses make earning a degree more convenient and accessible, helping students graduate sooner. Overall, the online learning courses enrolled 19,395 in 2011, a 10 percent annual increase, which is a testament to the quality, rigor, and faculty/staff support.”