In a recent ranking of the nation’s best online graduate education programs, U.S. News & World Report ranked Black Hills State University No. 11 out of 170 University programs.

The ranking, released earlier this month, is based on several factors including faculty credentials, graduate rates, student services, and technologies.  BHSU’s overall score was an 89 with its highest score coming from student satisfaction and instructor responsiveness.

In creating the rankings, U.S News & World Report compiled a list of education schools that offered online master’s degree programs and then collected a variety of information from the institutions from class size and graduation rates to technological infrastructure and support services.

“Our graduate programs truly combine theory and practice. Teachers immediately take what they learn into their classrooms to impact P-12 learning,” said Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the BHSU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “This is why two of our graduates recently received Presidential Awards for Math and Science Teaching and one was recently named South Dakota Teacher of the Year.”

Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche fifth-grade science teacher, and Erin Marsh, math teacher at  the Pierre Indian Learning Center, were the two South Dakota educators honored with the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teaching in the fields of math and science. Both are graduates of the BHSU Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) program.

Aside from its MSCI, BHSU also offers two additional online graduate education programs: Master of Science in Secondary Education – Project SECOND and Master of Education in Reading.