UHV named top affordable online college in state

The University of Houston-Victoria has been recognized as the best value for online students in the state based on the university’s high-quality, affordable online degrees, financial aid and scholarships, flexible online class schedules and regionally accredited programs.

Chance Glenn Sr.

Texas Online Colleges, a website that gathers information about online degree programs in Texas, ranked UHV No. 1 on its Best Value Online Colleges in Texas list. The website determined its rankings by accreditation, tuition, available financial aid and scholarships, and whether the school offers at least three online bachelor’s degrees. For about 20 years, UHV has offered online courses and offers a variety of online programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration and Education, Health Professions and Human Development.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized in this way,” said Chance Glenn, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This is a testament to the hard work of the faculty and staff and their tireless efforts to shape our online offerings to meet the needs of our ever-growing community of learners. This time has been difficult for everyone, so we are pleased that we can consistently provide a high-quality means of furthering the education of the citizens of Texas.”

UHV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Specific schools and programs at the university have additional accreditations from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Texas Education Agency, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, the National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The university offers scholarships and, during the 2020 fiscal year, distributed more than $39 million in aid. UHV also has been included in other lists and rankings for its affordability for several years.

Amy Whaley

For some UHV students, the only way to continue their education is by attending school online. There are undergraduate and graduate students who are working professionals who need the flexibility of online classes, such as students in UHV’s online nursing program, who are already registered nurses.

Amy Whaley of Goliad was a registered nurse for more than 30 years when she graduated from the UHV nursing program in the fall. She always had a desire to get a Bachelor of Science in nursing but would not have been able to attend traditional face-to-face classes with a full-time job. Whaley is the director of health services at Robstown Independent School District.

Through the online courses at UHV, Whaley was able to work on her assignments late at night, early in the morning and on weekends. Her classmates also lived across South Texas, and another classmate was able to take courses while working out of state as a travel nurse, Whaley said.

As an older adult, Whaley was at first concerned that she was not tech savvy enough to complete the courses online. However, UHV’s system was easy to use, and she received help with the online program as well as a nursing scholarship that paid for her tuition and coursework.

“It was a little intimidating at first, but with the assistance of the professors and UHV tech support, the website became very user friendly for me,” Whaley said. “The UHV online program is extremely organized and packed with valuable information. I gained a plethora of knowledge that I am using in my current role.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco