UHV psychology program receives national recognition
Jan. 21, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.
The University of Houston-Victoria psychology program was ranked by Open Education Database as one of the top online undergraduate psychology programs in the nation.
Open Education Database based its ranking calculations on the quantifiable factors it thinks contribute to the ideal online learning experience - cost, full-time to part-time faculty ratio, financial aid, program acceptance, accreditation and more.
The UHV School of Arts and Sciences program was ranked No. 9 on the national list in part because of its low tuition rates, the number of full-time faculty and financial aid assistance for students.
"UHV prides itself on offering an excellent college education with affordable tuition and a variety of financial assistance options," said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Rick Harrington, chairman of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division in the UHV School of Arts and Sciences, agreed this is not only a great acknowledgment for the psychology program but also for UHV psychology students.
"Rankings like this give validation to our students that UHV has a high-quality program," he said. "Our students are able to say they've graduated from a nationally recognized program."
Open Education Database is an online education directory that helps future students search and compare universities for convenient, valuable and relevant online education programs.
It has been a labor of love, said Catherine Perz, an associate professor of psychology and director of the UHV undergraduate psychology program.
"Sometimes people think that online classes are easy for faculty and staff, but in reality, good online courses require a lot of additional time and teamwork," Perz said. "I'm delighted that the consistent hard work of our faculty and staff is being recognized in the quality of our online programs in psychology."
The program has seen tremendous growth during the past five years with a 104 percent increase in students from 2008 to 2012.