By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Community for Accredited Online Schools ranked six Midland College (MC) programs in the nation’s top 20 for schools offering four-year degrees. As a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, the site released its annual rankings for the 2016-2017 school year citing factors such as cost and financial aid, number of programs and program offerings, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates, placement and support services offered, academic/career counseling services and employment services.
MC’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration program was ranked #1 for Best HVAC Training, and MC’s Sonography program was ranked #1 for Best Ultrasound Technician Program. Other MC programs named in the top 20 were Emergency Medical Services, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology and Paralegal.
“We wanted to highlight schools like Midland College, who are providing exceptional education programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools, in a January 20 press release. “These colleges offer an outstanding educational experience, upholding rigorous accreditation standards and show an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”
While MC offers many courses online, the criteria used for rankings by The Community for Accredited Online Schools covers both campus and online offerings. An email from the organization states that MC programs are “recognized as a whole”—meaning that both on-campus and online offerings were reviewed.
“I am very proud of not only our faculty in these programs, but also the entire Midland College team who work hard to provide state-of-the-art instruction and exceptional services such as advising and financial aid,” stated MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “We strive to offer superb higher education opportunities at our main campus, our Fort Stockton branch campus, our four Midland satellite locations and online. As these rankings attest, many of our programs are ranked as some of the best in the U.S.”
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Midland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and associate and baccalaureate degrees.