ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College has been named by BestColleges.com to its 2015 list of the nation’s top 50 two-year schools for online degree programs. Last year, Western was ranked 23rd among the top 50 such programs.
In its summary of Western’s online offerings, the nationally recognized website referenced the College’s 17 web-based educational programs, including: an Associate of Arts degree with emphases in criminal justice, general studies, social science, social work, or sociology; an Associate of Science degree with emphases in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, marketing, and general studies; an Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Information Systems; and six professional certificates requiring commitments of anywhere from 15 hours to one year.
BestColleges.com’s rankings were based on the latest information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator databases, both of which are maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. Specific data used to establish rankings included schools’ acceptance and retention rates, and graduation and enrollment rates.
WWCC Distance Learning Director Nancy Johnson said that Western’s continued strong ranking for online education programs reflects the College’s ongoing emphasis on providing rigorous academic options to residents who live throughout Western’s extended service area in southwestern Wyoming.
“We were very happy with last year’s ranking and are thrilled to know that we have moved up significantly this year,” Johnson said. “Online education continues to be a vital component of the learning experience at Western Wyoming Community College, and we have many students outside of southwestern Wyoming who also take advantage of the affordable tuition for these high-quality degree programs. We see online learning as a complement to our face-to-face class offerings, both of which are available to students throughout the region via our Distance Learning programs.”
Johnson noted that students from outreach sites, including students whose programs are entirely online, may also qualify for Western’s 16 to Succeed program, in which students who commit to pursue a full-time or part-time track, and who complete their degree by the specified date, can receive an award of $1,000 upon graduation. The program applies to associate degrees but not to certificate programs, and some restrictions do apply.
Western’s Outreach Centers include locations in: Afton/Star Valley; Big Piney; Bridger Valley; Cokeville; Evanston; Medicine Bow/Elk Mountain; Kemmerer; Little Snake River Valley; Pinedale; Rawlins; and Saratoga/Encampment. For more information about Distance Learning at Western, go to https://www.westernwyoming.edu/distance/