By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
College Choice has ranked Midland College (MC) as #12 in its list of the 25 Best Online Colleges in Texas. MC leads the list among other colleges in the Permian Basin.
Midland College currently offers one completely online program in Health Information Management, where students may choose from an associate degree option and several certificate options. In addition, MC offers online courses in liberal arts, humanities, history, government, social and behavioral sciences, math, natural science, kinesiology, economics, business administration and various career and technology areas.
The college also offers many courses that can help supplement required courses for students who are part of the Virtual College of Texas, an online consortium of regionally accredited Texas colleges. The system works by allowing students in other online programs to take courses at MC in order to complete their degree requirements.
Last week, Midland College celebrated National Distance Learning Week with online faculty presentations about effective online teaching.
“We are growing our online courses, and more online programs are expected to begin in the very near future,” explained Sylvia Gray, director of Distance Learning. “In January, we will begin classes in our new baccalaureate program in Health Services Management. Upper-level required courses and specialty courses in this program are offered online.”
Factors that were considered by College Choice when ranking the schools include the number of online degrees offered, academic reputation, affordability, scholarly quality of the faculty teaching online courses, engaging methods of teaching, and technological resources. College Choice data came from the National Center for Educational Statistics, from the websites of the universities and colleges themselves and publications like U.S. News and World Report.
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Gray said, “Students who take online courses at Midland College are treated to a top-of-the-line online learning management system, online bookstore and library, tutoring services, and tech support.”