U.S. News & World Report Ranks NYU Online Graduate Engineering Program Among Top 10 in Nation

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — U.S. News & World Report today ranked New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering's online graduate engineering No. 8 in the nation. This is the third successive year that U.S. News & World Report ranked the school among the top dozen graduate engineering programs.

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NYU-ePoly, the school's online learning unit, delivers 10 online graduate programs worldwide, including bioinformatics, electrical engineering, organizational behavior, and cybersecurity, which was named the nation's best online program by the Sloan Consortium (since renamed the Online Learning Consortium) in 2011.

"We are pleased to be recognized among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Programs," said Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, president and dean of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. "By attracting a very competitive application pool and achieving an exceptional graduation rate, our online programs are serving a vital societal function of educating, outside the traditional pattern, much-needed and highly accomplished engineers. The recent implementation of active learning tools has enabled us to add more comprehensive programming to an already well-rounded online education program."

The NYU School of Engineering piloted active learning—which engages students in interactive, high quality learning modules—for professional education classes developed with Scientific American. It subsequently began rolling out the pedagogical approach across all its online courses. Students get unlimited access to lectures, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Then, during real-time webinars, students participate in live Q&A sessions. With their instructor and fellow students, they share ideas using video, screen-sharing, chat rooms, interactive polling, and built-in phone and VOIP lines.

High-quality video, audio, multimedia, and animation also engage students. NYU encourages weekly live sessions that prompt peer-to-peer learning for students and allow faculty to adapt to the needs of their students. It is an organic experience that grows and evolves to create the next generation of online learning courses.

"Our faculty's creative virtual instruction was instrumental in achieving and maintaining this recognition," said Robert Ubell, online learning vice dean.  "Superb online student service and robust technology make our virtual classrooms among the most rigorous in the world. They provide the same content, taught by the same noted faculty, as on campus."

A recent survey of NYU-ePoly graduates by the school revealed 100 percent job placement within 6 months of graduation; for those already holding jobs, 40 percent reported they received a promotion or raise within the same period. Nearly 80 percent of those entering the online program graduated. By comparison, the National Council of Graduate Schools study found an average completion rate of 66 percent for science, technology, engineering and mathematics master's degree programs.

For the 2015 Best Online Education Programs ranking, U.S. News reviewed statistical information including student engagement, graduation rates, class size, retention rates, best practices such as accreditation, collaborative coursework requirements, student support services, technology, student indebtedness, admissions, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

The 2015 Best Online Education Programs can be seen at www.usnews.com/online.

About the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

About Online Learning at NYU School of Engineering
NYU-ePoly is the fully accredited online learning platform of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Introduced to support the careers of active professionals in management, science and technology, it offers dozens of online graduate courses, accessible from anywhere in the world. NYU-ePoly's online courses provide the same curriculum, taught by the same faculty, as on campus. If work or the pace of daily life prevents students from attending class on campus, they can now turn to NYU-ePoly to achieve expertise by engaging in the school's virtual education platform.  The online learning unit, NYU-ePoly is housed under the broader umbrella of Enterprise Learning, the School of Engineering's executive education unit. NYU-ePoly is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Sloan-C, achieving more than 7,000 enrollments over the last decade. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/nyuepoly.

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