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UT Tyler Graduate Nursing Programs Nationally Ranked

January 19, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler’s online graduate and doctoral nursing programs have received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

Out of 458 institutions surveyed, the publication ranks UT Tyler in the top three in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement. This ranking examines how supportive the university programs are of students and recognizes strategies to ensure class participation in an online environment.

“I am so pleased that our online graduate nursing programs have received this national recognition. We have always been leaders in the use of innovative technology and teaching methods, and we lead the state in conversion to online graduate nursing education. To be recognized nationally validates the programs’ effectiveness and that our efforts have paid off,” said Dr. Susan Yarbrough, associate dean of graduate nursing programs.

The achievement puts UT Tyler among major universities such as Yale University, University of Florida, Arizona State University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Kansas.

“The national recognition is validation of our conscientious efforts to engage students through multiple avenues, which has been a priority for us,” said Dr. Barbara Haas, doctoral nursing program director. “The impressive ranking is due to the efforts of numerous individuals and departments, including our instructional design department, technology support team and the nursing faculty.”

Four categories are considered including admission selectivity, faculty credentials and training, teaching practices and student engagement and student services and technology, which UT Tyler also ranked in the top 50.

The UT Tyler master’s and doctoral programs currently enroll 200 students and 56 students, respectively.

For more information, visit UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.