UW’s online engineering programs for working adults ranks #1

By Jessica Jones, Engineering Professional Development, and Mary Lock Albrecht, Continuing Studies

U.S. News and World Report has ranked UW-Madison’s online graduate engineering programs the best in the country in the categories of teaching practices, student engagement, student services, and technology. UW-Madison is one of only three universities that made the magazine’s honor roll for top-quality online engineering degree programs.

Katy Duren, assistant dean of Continuing Studies, said, “This is a great honor for our colleagues in Engineering Professional Development. I’m happy that Continuing Studies was able to offer support in the start-up phase of this successful program that serves working adults.”

The online programs were judged on factors such as a high level of student collaboration and participation, instructor availability to answer student questions, small class size, and an instructional designer dedicated to developing courses that meet online learner needs.

In the student services and technology category, the UW-Madison programs were ranked high for the students’ ability to receive classes through both audio and visual methods and the use of a centralized student information system.

The UW-Madison programs also ranked among the top five in the faculty credentials and training category.

The College of Engineering and Dept. of Engineering Professional Development offer online graduate programs in engineering management, engine systems, polymer engineering and science, technical Japanese, electrical and computer engineering (power electronics), and mechanical engineering (controls).