West Texas A&M University's online Master of Business Administration healthcare management program has been named the No. 1 online program in the country, according to The Best Master’s Degrees organization.

WT's M.B.A. healthcare management program has previously earned national accolades but this is the program’s first No. 1 ranking.

The Best Master’s Degrees rankings are based on several profile factors including accreditation, affordability, other recognition and rankings, and online program availability.

The top five institutions were WT, Lamar University, Liberty University, the University of South Dakota and Ball State University. The only other Texas institution ranked was the University of Texas-Dallas at No. 11.

"The recognition by The Best Master’s Degrees is a wonderful external validation of the quality and innovative curriculum associated with the M.B.A. programs at West Texas A&M University," said Dr. Robert Allen King, director of graduate business programs, in a prepared statement.

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WT's criminal justice program honored

The criminal justice program at West Texas A&M University has been recognized by College Choice with top rankings in two categories — No. 2 for Most Affordable Online Degree and No. 5 for Best Online Degree.

WT is the only Texas school named to both lists.

College Choice has compiled a list of the 10 Most Affordable Online Corrections Degrees and Best Online Corrections Degrees from across the nation. The best affordable programs in the country were selected by reputation, student satisfaction, program quality and the return on investment. The best online degrees were based on national reputation, tuition costs, early career incomes and first-year retention rates.

These rankings contribute to a growing list of accolades WTAMU has received in the past year, including U.S. News & World Report naming the university among the nation’s Top Public Schools, making the list of Best Regional Universities in the West and ninth overall on the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs ranking.

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WT to launch Lifelong Learning series

West Texas A&M University's Office of Extended Studies is launching a new Lifelong Learning series this fall. Some of the classes will be held in the WTAMU Amarillo Center.

The programs are designed for young and old with everything from card magic to event planning. WT faculty and community members will be teaching the various classes that will meet anywhere from one time to once a week for six weeks. Classes are offered in four different categories — arts and culture, hobbies and interests, self and family, and professional development — and begin as early as Sept. 5.

The fun of lifelong learning is there are no tests or grades; students come just to learn.

The fall program kicks off with Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation. The course will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday night from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10 at the WTAMU Amarillo Center with a focus on the science of fermentation in everything from beer to yogurt.

Some of the 40 classes offered are two event planning courses, a professional wedding planning and coordination class, Card Magic for Beginners, The Art of Tailgating, Building Your Natural Medicine Cabinet 101, Conversational American Sign Language, Glam Girl’s Guide to Buying a Ride and 'Tis the Season for Decorating.

For a complete list of classes, visit wtamu.catalog.instructure.com. For more information, visit that website or call the Office of Extended Studies at (806) 651-2037.