Stephen F. Austin State University’s online master’s degree program in educational leadership has been ranked third in the nation by Educational Leadership Degree Programs.
The ranking was based on a specific criteria, including tuition, accreditation and the overall size of the program.
“We are very proud of the program we have here because it is good and it’s very nice to be recognized at the national level because sometimes we tend to think of ourselves as a regional university and a regional program,” said Barbara Qualls, program coordinator. “But it’s good to know that what we’re doing, the product we are making, is being recognized at the national level.”
Many people praise this program because it has the convenience of an online program, but without the feeling of being in isolation.
Students enjoy the ability to interact with other students and the freedom to work with professors.
“I know that our students appreciate the capacity to build a relationship with their individual professors,” said Qualls. “in fact, we frequently serve as reference for students when they are looking for their first administrative job. The relationship that is built online in many cases is as strong and maybe better than the face to face relationship because it’s on your own time.”
The University of Texas at Arlington claimed the top spot on the list.
Qualls added she did not even know they were even competing and hopefully one day SFA will be ranked first.