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ESU programs ranked highest in Kansas by U.S. News & World Report

January 7, 2015

Graduate programs offered by Emporia State University’s Teachers College are tops in Kansas, according to national rankings released today.

Emporia State’s online graduate education programs are ranked No. 11 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, which analyzes data and ranks public and private educational institutions and their academic programs throughout the year. At No. 11, Emporia State is the highest-ranked school in Kansas.

The effort to build strong online programs is a true collaboration, according to Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College, and requires teachers to continue to learn new skills.

“Instructional designers on staff assist faculty in creating their online courses to meet student learning outcomes,” Weaver said. “Faculty, in turn, are expanding the technologies they use to engage their students.”

The Teachers College offers 11 graduate programs online, which especially benefits place-bound students who want to further their education and advance their careers.

“These students could be classroom teachers, for example, who need courses that fit into their busy lives,” Weaver said.

 “Our online students are an essential part of Emporia State University,” said Dr. Kathy Ermler, dean of the Graduate School and Distance Education. “Some may never set foot on campus until their graduation, but we consider their successes just as important as our residential students.”

During winter commencement in December, Ermler noted that students who earned master’s degrees in online education programs came not only from Kansas but also Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and Virginia.

Emporia State’s Information Technology department has been key to the success of online courses, Ermler said, by providing technical assistance to both faculty and students and creating services that allow users to log in to virtual computer desktops and use the software they need.

For more information about online graduate programs at Emporia State, see

For the full U.S. News online graduate education rankings, go to For the ranking methodology, go to



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