Programs recognized by higher education guides

Western Carolina University has earned accolades from guides to higher education for the affordability of the university’s online programs and in recognition of the impact of its teacher education programs.

In a listing of the “Online Colleges in North Carolina That Win on Affordability,” the website recently ranked WCU at No. 9 out of the top 30 higher education institutions in the state that offer online degree programs. The ranking is based on quality and cost, said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of the website.

Meanwhile, the website has recognized WCU for its contribution to teacher education in the state by including the university on a listing titled “Top Colleges in North Carolina: Shaping the Next Generation.” The listing highlights the post-secondary institutions that produced the most teaching professionals during 2012, said website founder Doug Jones. WCU ranked No. 6 out of the top 42 teacher-producing schools in the state.

Information about WCU’s online programs is available at or by calling WCU’S Office of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397. For information about the university’s teacher education programs, visit or call 828-227-7108.