WT scores high in national rankings in Nursing, Plant Science, Emergency Management, Drama, etc. – The PRAIRIE


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CANYON, Texas – West Texas A&M University has earned high marks in several leading areas in recent rankings, further strengthening its reputation as a Panhandle University.

Such rankings demonstrate WT’s commitment to providing high-quality, economically viable education to students in Texas and the world as the University strengthens its position as a regional research university, as outlined in the long-term plan. term. WT 125: From Panhandle to the World.

This plan is fueled by the historic $ 125 million A west extensive fundraising campaign.

College Factual, the largest source of higher education data and analysis in the country, ranked WT in the Top 5% for the overall value of a bachelor’s degree and awarded the University 335 badges in its 2022 ranking, including in programs that are generally ranked less frequently.

WT’s Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences program is very well ranked in several categories, and WT also got the top 5 for Best Value for Graduates Informatic Systems and criminal justice programs and first cycle athletic training and music programs.

“The graduate students in Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences at WT have been well prepared in content which results in a high placement rate,” said Dr Lance Kieth, Associate Dean of Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and professor of agricultural education. “Equally important, our faculty continue to create opportunities to develop students as leaders, problem solvers and communicators through academic and industry relationships. It’s gratifying to see the recognition of these efforts in the national rankings.

Among the other top rankings: Best Bachelor of Public Administration in Texas and the Southwest region for Emergency Management Administration degrees from WT; and Best BA in Musical Theater, BA in Drama and Theater in Texas and the Southwest.

“The reputation, quality and affordability of the WT Theater program continues to be among the best in the state and region, and it’s great to see this kind of recognition that helps students choose our university and our program to study theater or musical theater, “said Stephen Crandall, head of the Art, Theater and Dance department and drama teacher. “We have exceptional teachers who are successful in training the next generation of theater artists, practitioners and educators. “

College Factual uses government data and school-wide indicators to evaluate specific programs. For 2022, he surveyed 2,576 colleges across the country.

Additionally, Online Bachelor Degrees ranked WT # 1 in its list of best online schools for bachelor’s degrees in nursing for 2021.

WT’s RN to BSN program, which provides approximately 70 percent of employed nurses across the Texas Panhandle, has been ranked against schools such as the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the University of Florida and the ‘University of Texas – Arlington.

Online Bachelor Degrees takes into account the requirements of the study program, the requirements of the online school and the additional services to establish its ranking.

EduMed.org, which connects students with expert information on education, training and financial aid opportunities in healthcare and medical support, awarded WT top rankings in two programs.

In addition, the WT online master’s degree in nursing and nurse practitioner both programs were ranked among the most affordable in the country.

To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Only eight percent of US post-secondary institutions achieved a ranking position.

EduMed.org researched over 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the schools themselves. Its data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualified schools for each health discipline.

Over the past five years, WT nursing graduates have averaged a 97% score on the National Council Licensure Examination, required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to test skills. graduates of nursing schools in the United States and Canada. Nationally, the average is 85 percent; in Texas, it’s 87 percent.

“Our Department of Nursing provides excellent student education at reasonable costs to the students and the state, and we are grateful that our efforts do not go unnoticed,” said Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, Dean of the College of nursing and health sciences. . “Ultimately, these rankings show our value not only to our students, but to the well-being of the entire Texas Panhandle.”

These are just the most recent accolades in a series of accolades. The WT Elementary Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program has been named among the best in the country, and its online Bachelor of Nursing program was recently named one of the 10 best in the country. The University has been ranked among the Top 10 safest campuses in the country and most secure in Texas, and the university police department was, for the second time, appointed Recognized law enforcement agency from the Texas Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation.

In over 1,200 online programs surveyed by American News and World Report in 2020, WT offers # 1 online bachelor program, online veterans bachelor programs, online veterans MBA programs, graduate program specializing in line for veterans and an online information technology program for graduates. WT also ranks # 2 for the Honors Online Graduate Program and # 4 for the Online MBA Program, also among schools in Texas.

About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas on a 342-acre residential campus. Founded in 1910, the University has been part of the Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, an institution serving Hispanics since 2016, has approximately 10,000 enrollments and offers 60 undergraduate programs, 40 masters and two doctorates. The university is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the state’s largest history museum and one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are members of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offer 14 men’s and women’s track and field programs.

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