How Does UW-Madison Earn Its Top Ten U.S. News Ranking? Engineering Professional Development

The University of Wisconsin has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 for online graduate engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report.

How does UW-Madison earn its rankings?

According to U.S. News, there are a number of factors that influence ranking:

Student engagement (30%). High quality programs encourage instructors and students to interact with each other. UW-Madison's programs emphasize collaboration among students and faculty, giving students an authentic classroom-style experience online.

“Students tell us UW’s focus on project-based, highly interactive learning with experienced peers is the most authentic, relevant, and engaging education they have ever experienced," said Wayne Pferdehirt, director of the Master of Engineering: Engineering Management program.

Faculty credentials and training (25%). UW-Madison's online degree program faculty have the same credentials as those who teach similar on campus programs. UW-Madison’s academic reputation, research focus, and industry partnerships guarantee high-caliber staff for each of our online modules. Professors are dedicated to keeping students engaged, progressing, and confident that their learning goals are being met.

Student services and technology (20%). Using a variety of online learning technologies gives students the ability to study and learn in a high-quality distance environment. In addition to online learning, UW-Madison offers career guidance through support from student service coordinators. We understand that you are juggling work, social and family life, so we work hard to design courses and learning experiences that adapt to the busy lives of our students.

Peer reputation (15%). High-ranking officials in engineering are given a survey about each program to evaluate other factors than those reflected in the statistics.

Admissions selectivity (10%). Programs that are more selective attract students with high aptitude and the ability to tackle difficult coursework. Schools that are more choosy about their students also are better respected in the job market.

U.S. News uses ranking indicators to evaluate each program and then calculates a score for each indicator. The data used for these scores is provided to U.S. News by each school.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

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