MCTC Receives National Ranking for Online Programs
April 3, 2019
by Brady Shultz
Maysville, KY – Maysville Community and Technical College has been ranked #1 among Kentucky community colleges for its online programs. The announcement was made by the SR Education Group an education researcher that has been evaluating online post-secondary education programs across the United States since 2009. In addition to its number 1 rating in Kentucky, MCTC was ranked 14th nationally by the organization.
In order to develop the 2019 Best Online Community College Rankings, the organization only considered states with at least three regionally accredited schools offering at least one fully online associate degree. The rankings include a nationwide Best Overall Community College ranking and 38 state-specific rankings, featuring a total of 423 schools.
Each community college highlighted on the rankings lists was scored based on several key factors, including retention rate, graduation rate, and percentage of online enrollment data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. The number of online associate degrees offered was collected from school websites and considered in the ranking score as well. All ranked schools scored 70 percent or higher.
MCTC offers 10 online associate degrees in areas ranging from criminal justice to medical transcriptionist as well as many classes that can be transferred to state four year institutions when a student is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
“At MCTC, we are consistently working to provide high quality, affordable and accessible teaching and learning for our students. Delivering on-line educational opportunities, in part, addresses our goal of providing access to all, but being recognized as performing at the highest level in Kentucky and among the highest in the nation further validates the work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Stephen Vacik, president of MCTC.
Research shows 75 percent of online college students live within 100 miles of their school’s campus, the 2019 Online Community College rankings by state are an especially valuable resource for prospective community college students. Many students may choose to stay in state because of tuition discounts, familiarity with the school, or flexibility for classes that may have hybrid, in-person requirements.
“This honor is another key indicator that MCTC is helping create better lives for a better Kentucky,” Vacik said.
To learn more about the online offerings at MCTC visit maysville.kctcs.edu.