Top Online Graduate Engineering Programs in the USA

Posted on January 11, 2012  Comments (2)

Online degree programs are growing quickly in popularity in the USA. Over 6 million students took online courses in 2011. The costs of traditional education continue to rise at extremely high rates – schools have done a horrible job of dealing with this. I personally, don’t understand how they have done so horribly on this measure. Administration costs have exploded. Building vanity projects that costs tens of millions of dollars add little to student achievement and waste limited resources driving up costs.

We really need to find administrators that will reduce administrative staffing levels and costs. Let some schools continue on the ego driven spiraling costs, but let us at least find some who will focus on reducing education costs and providing good education at reasonable costs. For engineering, more than maybe any other discipline, I can excuse some of the costs. But given the universal failure to manage costs I think the failure to manage costs is the primary issue (the extra demands for spending on engineering education, I understand).

The failure to stop the lavish spending has greatly increased the demand for online education. Given the unreasonable cost increases for traditional education many are priced out of considering that option. Given how unable schools have proven to be at providing good education for reasonable rates the last few decades it is reasonable to assume online education will continue to gain popularity. I don’t see the top tier schools facing much competition from online efforts (even if some students are drawn away there are plenty wanting to upgrade their school choice at whatever the cost – as the administrators know as they continue to drive up costs).

One danger is that online education is hardly a proved commodity yet. Both in terms of what you learn and the acceptance and desirability of degrees. So right now students are having to make guesses that are more challenging with online programs than the traditional choices. US News and World Report has selected 3 online engineering master’s programs for the honor roll.

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2 Responses to “Top Online Graduate Engineering Programs in the USA”

  1. Ed
    January 16th, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I quite like the idea of online learning but I don’t think it’s at the stage where it can replace proper courses although I can understand why it’s being pushed in today’s economic circumstances. I think it will be a long time before it’s an accepted medium to learn from but like all things, as time goes on, the quality usually improves and it becomes competitive.

    I can imagine a day where not learning online would be a crazy thought…but until that point I think we are stuck with traditional mediums and degrees.

    Thanks for the post!

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