FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 5, 2016) – Data from the most recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ranks Tarrant County College 10th in Texas among 173 colleges and universities offering online classes.
The organization evaluated data from the 2,868 colleges and universities offering online classes throughout the nation. The ranking is based on 11 criteria using 2014 data. Criteria include:
- Number of programs offered via distance education
- Percentage of students participating in distance education classes
- Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
- Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
- Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
- Offers credit for military training
“Online learning is another example of TCC’s commitment to educating people in ways that meet their needs conveniently, affordably and responsively,” said Joy Gates Black, Ph.D., TCC’s vice chancellor for Academics and Student Success.
“Even with this expanded use of technology, our primary focus continues to be on students and their success. TCC works to ensure all students have the greatest possible access to education.”TCC began offering courses online in 1989. Currently, the TCC Connect Campus offers 18 fully online programs and grants five associate degrees and 13 certificate programs online. With an online course inventory of more than 350 online courses, more than 1,100 classes are offered. Current online enrollment is 19,400.
“The popularity of online education continues to increase. The eLearning courses and programs provided by this campus offer the flexibility today’s college students demand,” said Carlos Morales, Ph.D., president of TCC Connect Campus. “With a committed and certified faculty that fosters student success, we are affording learning opportunities to non-traditional students.”