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U.S.News & World Report has included the online MBA and graduate education programs at Tennessee Tech University in its first-ever Top Online Education Programs lists.

TTU’s online graduate business program garnered a top-100 spot for Student Engagement and Accreditation indicators among the 2012 Top Online Graduate Business Programs nationwide. The TTU program also ranked in the top two-thirds among Student Services and Technology indicators.

U.S. News included only two other Tennessee schools in the Top Online Graduate Business Programs lists — the University of Memphis and The University of Tennessee, Martin.

I’m glad our faculty and staff are being publicly recognized for their hard work. We have been providing a high-quality, online, accredited MBA program since 2002 and have always received positive feedback from our alumni and employers,” said Tom Timmerman, professor of business management and director of MBA studies at TTU.

“When you compare our cost, flexibility and accreditation to other online MBA programs, it is difficult to find a better value,” Timmerman said.

Tennessee Tech’s MBA program offers concentrations in accounting, finance, management information systems, human resource management, international business, and risk management and insurance. The college’s online courses include video segments that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. News also included TTU as a Top Online Graduate Education Program, specifically for Student Engagement and Accreditation. Only three other Tennessee schools — the University of Memphis, UT Martin and UT Chattanooga — were included in the top graduate education program lists.

“The College of Education at Tennessee Tech University is proud to provide high quality teacher preparation and educator development prog­rams throughout Middle and East Tennessee in cooperation with the TTU Office of Extended Programs and Regional Development,” said Matthew Smith, dean of the TTU College of Education.

More than 600 school teachers earned degrees at TTU in 2010, and many went on to teach in Middle Tennessee in 2010-11. More than 70 of them teach in Overton, Putnam, Cumberland, White, Pickett and Jackson counties.

The U.S. News rankings were created in response to high demand for flexible education opportunities and the increasing popularity of online education, according to U.S. News.

To be considered for the rankings, 80 percent of course content had to be available online. Accreditation was the most highly weighted indicator for computing the rankings, as accreditation requires a demonstration of student engagement.

The TTU College of Education has National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation. The TTU College of Business has Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International accreditation.

Other U.S. News ranking factors included class size, faculty responsiveness and student collaboration requirements. For more information on the rankings, visit