Angelo State University’s graduate nursing and education programs have each been ranked among the top programs nationally for their online degree offerings by U.S. News and World Report for its 2017 edition of “Best Online Programs.”


Overall, ASU ranked No. 50 among the 144 U.S. colleges and universities identified by U.S. News and World Report as offering online graduate nursing programs, and ranked No. 56 among the 323 institutions identified as offering online graduate education programs. This is the fifth consecutive year the ASU nursing program has made the “Best Online Programs” list and is the fourth straight year for the ASU education program.

Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of ASU’s Archer College of Health and Human Services, said, “Receiving this honor is a true testament to the efforts of our outstanding graduate faculty, our instructional designer, Kristin Stanley, and the eLearning staff led by Rebecca Schkade. I also believe the continued success of our online graduate nursing programs is related to our constant monitoring and evaluation of our curriculum and online delivery modalities. The online learning environment is constantly changing and we pride ourselves in our ability to adapt to this environment to remain on the cutting edge of online education. Finally, I think our success can also be attributed to the fact that we really listen to our graduate students and utilize their feedback to make our programs the best they can be.”

Dr. John Miazga, dean of ASU’s College of Education, said, “Angelo State University is honored to be recognized again as a quality online degree provider. This is a result of the dedication of the faculty and staff of the College of Education. Their pursuit of excellence and quality in online education results in superior offerings to students. This acknowledgement is the result of their scholarship and service.”

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

“Offering quality online programs is a big reason why our graduate enrollment continues to set new records every semester,” said ASU President Brian J. May. “National recognition of our programs is gratifying, but more importantly, it reinforces the fact that our online graduate students are getting an excellent education.”

ASU’s graduate education program ranked fourth and its nursing program ranked sixth among the Texas institutions on their respective “Best Online Programs” lists.

The full rankings can be found on the U.S. News and World Report website at

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