Online Graduate Engineering Program Receives Two U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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Capitol College’s Online Graduate Engineering Program Receives Two Rankings from U.S. News & World Report
LAUREL, MD (January 11, 2011) – This week, U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of top online degree programs and Capitol College’s graduate engineering program was ranked No. 15 in the category “Student Engagement and Accreditation” and No. 43 in the category “Student Services and Technology.” Capitol’s graduate program outranked many large schools nationwide, and was one of just three Maryland schools to make the list.
When determining the rankings for “Student Engagement and Accreditation,” U.S. News and World Report took into account the weekly number of office hours for instructors, the expected response time from instructors, whether faculty members check student login, and the maximum class size.
The rankings for “Student Services and Technology” were based on the following factors: 24/7 live tech support, live tutoring, smartphone applications and live-streaming video.
“We are pleased to be recognized for our innovation in education technology and our leadership in providing services to our students, both hallmarks of a Capitol higher education,” Dr. Michael T. Wood, president, said.
Capitol prides itself on the stimulation its classes provide students, while still maintaining the convenience of online learning. Online classes combine synchronous (real-time), professor-led events with asynchronous learning sessions in which students access and study course material at their convenience. Students can earn their degree anywhere Internet access is available.
Online classes are also recorded, affording students the ability to review lectures and discussions at their convenience. Small class sizes, usually totaling around 20 students, foster an environment of discussion and a mutual sharing of ideas.
The college offers numerous degrees online including, seven master’s degrees and a doctorate in information assurance. Students earning their bachelor’s degree in business administration, information assurance or management of information technology have the option of completing their final two years online.
Workforce training and development is also available online through Capitol’s Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center. These courses are perfect for those looking to add value to their educational experience in the areas of critical infrastructure protection and homeland security.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, a Doctor of Science in Information Assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.