The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for online learning by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO). ACO is a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. UTPB was recognized seven times by ACO, which generated their rankings by analyzing cost and quality metrics of thousands of U.S. colleges with online degree programs.
“We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs higher quality and more affordable.”
Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Colleges of 2016 include regional accreditation, in-state tuition and fees, school-based financial aid, student-teacher ratio and number of online programs.
“This recognition provides powerful evidence that it pays to be a Falcon,” said David Watts, president of UTPB. “Our students receive an exceptional education at an exceptional value.”
UTPB’s notable rankings include the following state and national lists:
AffordableCollegesOnline.org has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV. A “bang for your buck” metrics, the PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost).