WKCTC Named in Top 50 Best Online Community Colleges in Nation
Paducah, KY (January 12, 2016) – West Kentucky Community and Technical College was recently named one of the nation’s Top 50 Online Community Colleges for 2016-17 by the Center for Online Education.
WKCTC was one of two Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions included in the top ranking. WKCTC was ranked 18th and Gateway Community and Technical College was 19th on the list.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Center for Online Education,” said Connie Heflin, WKCTC dean of online learning. “The mission of our Online Learning Department is to provide consistently high quality course content and faculty instruction. Both our full-time and part-time faculty are committed to student success. Being selected as one of the top 50 community colleges in the country lets us know we’re succeeding.”
In order to produce the top 50 list, the Center for Online Education (COE) scored each school using a range of factors. All criteria were subdivided into three distinct categories, and each carried a different weight for determining a school’s overall score. The categories were online flexibility, academics, and experience and affordability.
Students can attend WKCTC for less than half the price of attending a four-year university. The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1 and over 3,300 students enrolled in one or more online courses this spring.
WKCTC offers ten online programs including the marine technology and logistics and operations management programs, which provide educational opportunities and training in the high-wage, high-demand marine industry. WKCTC courses are evaluated annually for quality using a rubric based on the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric.