LTU ranks high for online master's degree in information technology

Release Date: October 26, 2015
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LTU’s online master’s degree program in information technology has been put together by a College of Management team. From left to right are Donna Kress; faculty members Anne Kohnke, Justin Ku, and Eralda Caushaj; Diane Cairns of eLearning Services; and Mina Jena.

The college ranking service, nonprofitcollegesonline.com, has placed Lawrence Technological University among the top 50 online master’s degree programs in information technology.

LTU, which was the only Michigan university in the top 50 in this academic field, was ranked 31st. To see the complete list, go to http://bit.ly/1Rme7Zd .

Currently, LTU’s College of Management has more than 120 students enrolled in the master’s program in information technology. Enrollment is up 94 percent over a year ago, reflecting the strong employment opportunities in this field. All master’s degree students in IT take at least one course online.

Faculty members Eralda Caushaj, Anne Kohnke, and Justin Ku teach courses for this degree program, augmented by adjunct faculty members who are currently working in the IT field. Lawrence Tech’s “theory and practice” approach to education provides students with a firm understanding of the latest practices.

About 10 years ago Lawrence Tech set up its Department of eLearning Services to standardize and streamline the presentation of educational material online. The faculty sets high standards for teaching, while the eLearning staff makes sure that the design of the online courses and degree programs comply with standards set across the campus.

“There’s a real emphasis on the student-to-student experience as well as the faculty-to-student experience. We put a high priority on engaging the student,” said Mina Jena, the program’s director.

This degree program has seen a dramatic increase in enrollment at least in part because of the increased demand for IT professionals in the Metro Detroit area. General Motors has taken its IT staffing back in-house. Ford Motor Co. and Blue Cross-Blue Shield are two other large employers in the area that have increased IT staffing recently.

“There is a significant demand for top IT talent in this region,” Kohnke said.

Nonprofitcollegesonline.com rankings were designed to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their online degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost.

“At Nonprofitcollegesonline.com we are committed to connecting people to
inspiring ideas and high-quality educational opportunities. We are confident that
students will find both at Lawrence Technological University,” the rating service said.

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