FIU ranked No. 41 on the list, tied with the University of Illinois–Chicago and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. FIU ranked third among all the schools ranked in report in faculty credentials and training. Other areas U.S. News ranked online programs include student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity and peer assessment.
Given the rapid growth of online engineering programs around the country, it is crucial for FIU to be at the forefront in this arena, said Amir Mirmiran, dean of the College of Engineering & Computing. The college has increased its enrollment to nearly 6,000 students, and future growth needs to be accommodated through online and high-tech modes of delivery. At the same time, the college is adopting a high-touch approach to its high-tech education.
“This jump in ranking could not have come at a more opportune time as this year, when we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the college,” Mirmiran said. “It is especially important that the faculty credentials and training scored so high among all universities in the list.”
The OHL School of Construction has offered online graduate courses that lead to the Master of Science in Construction Management, FIU’s only fully online graduate engineering program, since Fall 2004. One of the first fully online construction programs in the country, the program has steadily grown and is popular among professionals working in the construction industry and governmental agencies. Students from all over the United States, as well as from Norway, Germany, Iraq and many Latin American and Caribbean countries, have enrolled in classes through the MSCM online program.
“Members of the U.S. Army serving in different parts of the world are students in our program,” said Irtishad Ahmad, director of the OHL School of Construction. “Technology and resources available at FIU for online delivery are state of the art, qualifications of our faculty members are unparalleled, and we provide advising services to students on a one-on-one basis. That is the key to our success.”