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Affordability, institutional reputation push degree to top spot.
Online Ed.D. program ranked first
Program develops community college leaders
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program was ranked by Great Value Colleges as the #1 online Training and Development program. Northwestern State was selected for the top-ranked spot not only for the program’s affordability but also for the institution’s overall outstanding reputation, its faculty’s excellence and the unerring commitment to providing non-traditional students a high-quality education and in doing so, giving them all the tools that they need to achieve their future career goals.

 Northwestern State’s Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Development focuses on developing community college leaders and preparing practitioners to work with adult learners and workforce development. Graduates will be qualified to assume advanced leadership roles in areas of community college leadership, workforce development, post-secondary education, adult learning and development, and scholarship. 

The Doctor of Education is a practitioner degree program that prepares students for the practice of adult learning and leadership across the following domains: teaching and learning, curriculum and instructional design, adult development, workforce development, program management and planning, organizational change, and community college leadership.

Two concentrations are available: Community College Leadership and Adult Learning and Workforce Development.

“It is certainly an honor for our doctoral program to receive this recognition, particularly as we are only in our third year,” said Dr. Bill Morrison, coordinator of Adult Learning and Development Programs. “ I think that part of the reason for this recognition is that the program has a broad appeal in that it emphasizes rigorous, practice-based learning for those who wish to pursue advanced practice and leadership roles in the many different venues where adults learn, including community colleges, universities, adult education programs, and corporate training program.”

Great Value Colleges rankings are determined by using data collected from College Navigator regarding tuition, as well as program information gleaned directly from each institution’s official website. The methodology is based primarily on tuition but also considers program flexibility, customization within the degree program both in content and format and an overall factor which highlights each program’s unique offerings and sets it apart from the pack.

Great Value Colleges compiles these rankings in an effort to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions. We provide pertinent, unbiased information for prospective students and working professionals to aid them in making more informed decisions as they seek to further their education.

“Northwestern State University has been a leader in online learning for almost two decades, being the state's first and largest electronic campus,” said Dr. Katrina Jordan, director of the School of Education. “As part of that campus, the program for the Doctorate in Education in Adult Learning and Development maintains the highest standards for online degree programs. Courses are interactive, engaging, and designed to optimize online learning. We are so pleased that this innovative, exemplary program has been nationally recognized as being both of high quality and affordable.”

Information on Northwestern State University’s Doctor of Education program is available at