UHV degree ranked one of most affordable in nation
Aug. 8, 2011 at 3:08 a.m.
GetEducated.com ranked a University of Houston-Victoria computer degree No. 4 in affordability when compared with other regionally accredited universities across the U.S.
"GetEducated.com is the go-to source for recognizing standout online education offerings, and we are pleased to have our online bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in computer information systems ranked as the most affordable in the state and among the most affordable in the nation," said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. "University officials have done an outstanding job making sure that our tuition stays low but our programs are led by quality faculty."
The online bachelor degree affordability rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance learning fees at 43 regionally accredited universities in the U.S. These universities offer 88 online degrees in the major areas of information technology, computers, computer science, computer programming, computer information systems, Web development, technology management and allied IT career fields. UHV's program also was ranked the most affordable in Texas.
In-state students pay an average of $22,740 at UHV for an online bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in computer information systems.
By comparison, the average higher education cost for an online IT bachelor degree or online computer science degree is $46,758, according to GetEducated.com. The study's most expensive private universities reported online IT degree costs of more than $86,000.
"Online university students can pay as little as $21,000 or as much as $86,000 for an online IT bachelor degree," said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com. "Clearly it pays for nontraditional students to get educated about the University of Houston-Victoria's online degree programs before they enroll."
GetEducated.com first recognized UHV in 2004 when it ranked the Strategic Master of Business Administration fourth as a "Best Buy" in regionally accredited universities across the nation. Since then, the university's business programs have made the rankings three other years, but this is the first year the degree program has made the list. The rankings come out every two years.
"So many students and families do their research online when looking for a college, so we are honored to be ranked by GetEducated.com," UHV Interim President Don Smith said. "UHV continues to offer quality, affordable programs to both traditional, face-to-face students and those whose schedules work better with online study."