Graduate Studies rank high
Online classes draw in several students
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:10
The College of Graduate Studies is ranked No. 18 out of 50 programs nationwide as Top Student Ranked Online Graduate Schools by graduateprograms.com.
“I feel that the quality of education within the graduate program here at ASU has been absolutely top-notch,” biology graduate student Thomas Horsley said.
College of Graduate Studies Dean June Smith said it is nice to have graduate students feel strongly enough about the program to recognize it.
“I am not surprised students have that response to our program,” Smith said. “There are over 1,800 graduate programs in the United States, and not all of them have online [classes], but the vast majority of [U.S. programs] have something that is online. It is very gratifying to be No. 18.”
President Brian J. May, Ph.D., who was dean of Graduate Studies in 2010, said the graduate school has grown significantly due to its availability of online classes.
“Offering online programs has made ASU attract more non-traditional students because they can have a full-time job and family while being able to take classes on their own time,” education graduate student Katie Ede said. “It has made getting a master’s degree or certification more appealing to many adults.”
Having online options allows graduate students to successfully graduate, May said.
“Without having an online program, it would be extremely difficult to obtain a master’s degree while working, especially if courses were not offered at night,” Ede said.
Education, Nursing and Security Studies are some of the largest programs in graduate school, May said.
“My studies within the biology graduate program have pushed and stretched me over the course of my first year, and continue to do so going into my second,” Horsley said.
Ede said many students might be skeptical about entering an online program because they wouldn’t get face-to-face interaction with the professors.
“The diverse pool of high-caliber professors here makes for a rich learning experience, not to mention the networking opportunities which give students a very qualified ‘leg up’ in transitioning to the working world,” psychology graduate student Traci Eichin said.
May said that graduate enrollment is up by 12 percent for the fall and the graduate studies department hopes to continue to increase these numbers.
“We are going to continue to recruit, not only off campus but right here on campus,” May said. “We want to let people know this is an option. We want to make sure people know these programs are available and affordable.”
While looking to continue its enrollment, the College of Graduate Studies wants to integrate new programs as well, May said. May hopes that Business and Liberal Arts graduate programs will be available to students in the future.
“We are always looking at new programs,” Smith said. “When we get a significant number of people say they are interested in a particular program, we very seriously look into seeing if we can offer that program. We are always interested in what our undergraduates have to say and certainly what our graduates have to say as they go through the process.”