By University Relations
Fort Hays State University’s Virtual College received several rankings from various agencies in June and July for its affordable programs and quality online degrees.
No. 2, The 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Programming
FHSU’s online Bachelor of Science in computer science earned a top ranking for its quality, range of courses, school awards, rankings and reputation.
The 120-credit-hour program consists of general education courses, major courses and an emphasis track in either business or networking. The business track focuses on the principles of accounting and managerial finance, whereas the networking emphasis is focused primarily on interworking and advanced LAN networking.
“Designed with your need for flexibility, convenience and educational quality in mind, this program’s intensive coursework and personalized faculty mentorship gives you the tools you need to succeed in your online classroom as well as in your career,” said FHSU’s website.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2zX4B16.
No. 2, The 9 Best Online Bachelor’s in Special Education Programs
Virtual special education at FHSU earned the No. 2 spot on TheBestSchool’s list of the nine best online bachelor’s in special education programs for its flexible range of options.
Students can choose between a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education (unified) or elementary education, both of which are eligible for a minor in special education. Internships and practicum opportunities are available for individuals in these programs.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2LlSRKh.
No. 17, The 25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Political Science Degree Programs
TheBestSchools also recognized FHSU’s virtual political science program for its quality, range of courses, school awards, rankings and reputation.
“We combine theoretical coursework, hands-on practice and real world experience to help you build an unmatched network of skills that prepares you for law school, graduate school or the career of your choice,” according to FHSU’s website.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2LAfxmT.
No. 2, Top 10 Most Affordable Online Mobile Computing Degree Programs (Bachelor’s)
FHSU’s virtual information networking and telecommunications (web and mobile application development) degree earned a top spot on BestValueSchools’ list of the most affordable online mobile computing degrees.
To earn this degree, individuals must complete an 18-credit informatics core focusing on information networking and a 15-credit concentration in Web and mobile application development. Then, individuals will choose 15 credits of electives in practical topics such as Android application development and a seminar in iOS application development.
“With hands-on experience and industry relationships, our graduates are prepared for success and have found career opportunities at the NSA, FBI, Google, Cargill, Sprint, Zappos, Cerner and Merck to name a few,” according to FHSU’s website.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2zImNeR.
No. 6, Top 50 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Educational Technology Degree Programs
FHSU’s Master of Instructional Technology program received recognition on BestValueSchools’ list of the most affordable online Master’s in Educational Technology degrees for its program popularity, curriculum range and focus, affordability and overall strength in education.
“FHSU’s main goal is to introduce you to open educational resources that you can immediately apply to your job, whether you work in a classroom or corporate office,” said BestValueSchools.com.
“We have worked hard to provide an innovative, collaborative and practical program for our graduate students,” said Dr. Suzanne Becking, FHSU associate professor of advanced education programs. “It is affordable, but it is mainly a popular, collaborative and strong master’s program for educators.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JGAzOP.
No. 5, Most Affordable Online Secondary Education Degrees
CollegeChoice recognized FHSU’s virtual secondary education program for its affordability, institutional success, student well-being and financial return.
Individuals interested in becoming a licensed middle school or high school teacher after graduating will pursue a double major, one in secondary education and one in a chosen field of study.
“While candidates will take a number of education courses in their chosen field of study along with content courses, all secondary education majors take a common set of general education and teacher education courses,” said FHSU’s website.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2NwpCBF.
No. 7, Best Secondary Education Degrees
CollegeChoice also recognized FHSU’s virtual secondary education program for its overall student satisfaction, reputation, salaries of graduates and tuition rates.
“FHSU’s nationally ranked teacher education programs combine theory and pedagogy with robust, real-world classroom experiences,” said FHSU’s website.
“Our unique programs and our dedication to working with the latest in educational technology provide a richer, more hands-on and more marketable teaching education.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2K36SvA.
No. 10, Most Affordable Online Child Development Degrees
FHSU’s virtual child development program was recognized by CollegeChoice for its institutional excellence, student satisfaction and return on investment.
FHSU’s concentration of child development is designed for online degree seekers, daycare providers, early childcare providers and parents. The 21-credit hour program includes courses such as “The Young Child,” “The Effective Classroom,” “Educating Exceptional Students” and “Human Growth and Development.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2JEY6j2.
No. 11, Most Affordable Online Management Degrees
The W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at FHSU earned a ranking in July for the affordability of its online Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree.
“As a student in a management program, you’ll learn core business skills – as well as how to motivate people, anticipate change and improve the structure and operation of organizations,” according to CollegeChoice.net’s website.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2mzvwXo.
No. 26, Best Online Management Degrees
FHSU’s management program also received recognition on CollegeChoice’s list of best online management degrees for its affordability and flexibility.
“These award-winning programs are some of the least expensive in the United States and utilize the most advanced learning technologies available for higher education professionals,” said CollegeChoice.
“This exceptional program provides students with an educational experience that is challenging as well as rewarding.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2O6zqTZ.
No. 2, 10 Great Deals: MSN Degree Programs Online 2018
GreatCollegeDeals listed FHSU’s virtual Master of Science in Nursing program as No. 2 based on its tuition rates, student-to-faculty ratio and national recognition.
The 36-credit hour program has a 16-to-1 student/faculty ratio.
Students in the department will interact with a core of well-qualified faculty, pursue a degree in a program of excellence, make use of student resources, network and make friends through student and professional organizations and get prepared for a desired career.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2L9jsea.
No. 8, 50 Best Online Master of Psychology Degree Programs
FHSU’s virtual master of psychology program earned a top spot on MastersProgramGuide’s list for its options for customization, accessibility, affordability, multiple degree options and concentrations available and preparation for pursuing licensure or further education.
The 66-credit hour program offers practical experiences and coursework relevant to both psychology and education. Classes such as “Experimental Methods,” “Professional Ethics in Psych” and “Advanced Child Psychopathology” are just a few of the classes offered.
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2O60IKy.
No. 2, Best Online Master’s in Education Programs: Students Before Profits Award 2018
The Department of Advanced Education Programs at FHSU’s College of Education and Technology earned this top spot for its affordability and quality.
“Designed with the needs of working adults for flexibility, convenience and educational quality in mind, the Department of AEP at Fort Hays’ College of Education and Technology prepares students with innovative solutions to meet the challenges in their chosen fields of study,” said NonprofitCollegesOnline.
“The department offers a broad range of graduate programs completely online including programs in building leadership (principal), high incidence special education, English speakers of other languages, gifted education, instructional technology, media specialist, reading specialist and more.”
To view this ranking, visit https://bit.ly/2xVoODx.
About the FHSU Virtual College
Distance education at Fort Hays State began in 1911 when faculty voted to offer courses free by mail so that one-room school teachers across western Kansas could afford to gain the continuing education required to teach. The distance education department created then evolved continuously with changing technology and culture until, in 1997, the Department of Continuing Education and Instructional Technology became the FHSU Virtual College.