UHV named in Best Online Bachelor's Programs rankings

University of Houston-Victoria's online undergraduate programs as a whole recently drew national recognition from U.S. News and World Report for the first time.

UHV was rated No. 131 in the publication's 2014 rankings of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. The university's ranking was the second highest in the state out of nine Texas universities that made the list.

UHV's online undergraduate degrees were among the nearly 1,000 programs surveyed by U.S. News. The publication only considered regionally accredited schools in which some of the programs are completely online. UHV offers programs face to face, online or a hybrid of the two.

"We are tremendously excited to be ranked by one of the most widely read national publications for prospective college students," UHV President Phil Castille said. "UHV's ranking is very impressive and reflects our years of experience with online education. Unlike many universities, we've been doing 21st-century higher education here for a long time."

The criteria used to configure rankings included weighted scores in the categories of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admission selectivity. UHV scored particularly well in student services and technology and faculty credentials and training.

Student services and technology measures the amount of financial, technical and vocational support available to online students.

Faculty credentials and training measures how well a school prepares its instructors to teach remotely.