FHSU earns eight rankings in October


HAYS, Kan. – Programs offered through the Fort Hays State University Virtual College received eight recognitions, including a No. 1 ranking, from various agencies as among the best and most affordable online programs offered by U.S. colleges and universities.

Distance education at Fort Hays State began in 1911 when faculty voted to offer correspondence courses free so that one-room school teachers across western Kansas could afford to gain the education required to teach. The Correspondence Department was created then evolved continuously with changing technology and culture until, in 1997, the Department of Continuing Education and Instructional Technology became the FHSU Virtual College.


No. 1, 50 Best Online Master of Liberal Studies Degree Programs 2018

FHSU’s Master of Liberal Studies earned the No. 1 spot on MastersProgramsGuide’s list based on its affordability, flexibility and wide variety of concentrations.

FHSU offers 11 concentrations through the Virtual College, including art, corporate communications, global studies, literary arts, health sciences, management information systems, public administration and political science.

The program requires 31 credit hours, including 10 hours of core classes, 18 hours of concentration classes and three hours of culminating experience.

“The concentration selections are many, and the academic support for FHSU Virtual College students is also extensive and just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the services provided for online students,” says MastersProgramsGuide.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2Ae8zO7.

No. 15, 50 Best Online Master of Special Education Degree Programs 2018

In addition to the No. 1 ranking, MasterProgramsGuide also recognized FHSU for one of the 50 best special education programs in the nation.

FHSU’s Master of Science in high-incidence special education is a 36-credit-hour program available entirely online. Courses focus on the practical needs and challenges faced by educators of special education students.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2i9kl56.


No. 4, Affordable Online Master’s in Nursing Programs

AffordableColleges recognized FHSU’s Master of Science in nursing administration for its affordability, accessibility and graduation rate. The website specifically praised FHSU for its accessibility to military members and their families.

The 34 credit-hour program prepares students for advanced nursing specialty roles and includes courses such as complexity in health care, administrative management in health care organizations, developing nursing theories and research in nursing.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2h8DOTd.


No. 5, 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for 2017

FHSU earned the No. 5 spot on CollegeChoice’s list of most affordable online graduate schools.

FHSU offers 16 master’s degree programs through the Virtual College, including degrees in business administration, education, health and human performance, history, higher education student affairs, liberal studies, nursing administration, school psychology and special education.

“Our online degree programs are fully accredited, affordable, and utilize the latest in learning technology for what we think is one of the best values in higher education today,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2yAE7l9.


No. 2, Top Colleges in Kansas for 2017

OnlineColleges named FHSU the No. 2 school in Kansas for distance education. FHSU was ranked based on its affordability, diverse programs and Virtual College enrollment.

More than 40 degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels are available through the Virtual College. All online degree programs are fully accredited, affordable, and utilize the latest in learning technology.

“Whether you want a degree, professional certification, or simply the pleasure of exploring a new subject, we're ready to help you. We offer a comprehensive menu of online student services including tutoring, personal advising and other support services to help ensure your success,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2yaWR6B.

No. 5, Best Online Colleges for Political Science

FHSU also earned recognition from OnlineColleges for the Bachelor of Arts in political science. The website praised FHSU for its affordability, innovation and resources for online students.

Students can choose between a concentration in pre-law or public administration. Both concentrations consist of 124 credit hours and are available entirely online. Courses include state and local government, American foreign policy, comparative politics, legal advocacy and policy analysis.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2hLSus8.


No. 14, 16 Best Online Agribusiness Programs

Successful Student named FHSU as among the 16 best schools in the nation for agricultural business.

FHSU’s 120 credit-hour Bachelor of Science in agricultural business program provides opportunities for students to develop conceptual, technical and analytical skills related to careers in the agriculture industry.

“Our graduates have a 99-percent job placement rate and are landing jobs in all parts of the food, fiber and fuel industries across the country with average starting salaries around $44,000,” says the FHSU website.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2zj6eVC.


No. 7, Top 20 Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs for 2017

TheBestColleges recognized FHSU’s Bachelor of Science in education (early childhood unified) as being among the best online undergraduate early childhood education programs in the nation.

The program requires 127 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of student teaching, and prepares students for careers in early childhood education as a teacher, administrator or coordinator.

Teachers with an early childhood unified endorsement can teach regular and special education from the birth to third-grade level.

To view this ranking, visit http://bit.ly/2zcO59g.

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