SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University’s online bachelor’s degree programs are ranked sixth in a national survey released Jan. 15 by U.S. News and World Report. The survey rated online programs on factors such as best practices, graduation rates, student indebtedness, and academic and career support services offered to students.
LTU’s online bachelor’s degree programs scored highest in the entire country for student engagement.
Associate Provost Alan McCord, who was responsible for creating LTU’s online program in 2006, said the online faculty members all teach their courses on campus.
“We believe that one of the reasons that our online faculty engage with our students so well is that they also engage with them in the classroom,” McCord said.
Lawrence Tech’s online programs are designed with a focus on high quality, small class sizes, online faculty presence, student engagement, and a “theory and practice” approach consistent with the university’s motto, McCord said.
LTU faculty members receive specialized training and professional development to build their online teaching skills. They are supported by an experienced group of instructional developers — two with Ph.Ds — videographers, and assessment specialists.
During the 2012 fall semester, 285 of the 696 Lawrence Tech students enrolled in online classes were undergraduates.
The U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings.
Lawrence Tech also was ranked in three other online categories in the national survey: • Online graduate engineering programs, No. 32. • Online graduate business programs, No. 119. • Online graduate education programs, No. 138.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg Businessweek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.