UHV lands on top-10 list for best Texas online college education

The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree.

David Cockrum

Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.

David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the university has a proud history of offering affordable and engaging online courses.

“UHV leaders realized early on that significant numbers of our students were unable to take a traditional, face-to-face class schedule,” Cockrum said. “If they couldn’t come to us, we wanted to come to them. The university has spent a lot of time and energy coming up with effective ways to teach online. This ranking reaffirms that what we are doing is working and that UHV’s online education remains a great value.”

Value Colleges, a group that offers answers to questions about affordability and value when making college decisions, compiled the list for prospective students in Texas. To make the list, institutions had to offer tuition of less than $15,000 a year. The group also takes into account accreditations and the return on investment for graduates.

The top-10 list is in no particular order. It includes one other UH System School, UH-Downtown, as well as Texas A&M University and two University of Texas System universities. UHV has the third-most affordable tuition of any school on the list.

All three UHV schools – Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development – offer programs that can be completed totally online or through a mixture of online and face-to-face classes in Victoria or at the UHV Katy Campus.

“One compliment we often hear is that our online students truly feel like they are part of a class even if they aren’t physically present in a classroom,” Cockrum said. “This is because of all the virtual class discussions and activities implemented in our online classes. Students get to know one another and have meaningful interactions with professors.”

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.

Jeremy Shapiro