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Monday, August 15th, 2011

In the past 10 years, online computer technology has grown exponentially to a point where eArmyU officials said they will end the program March 31, 2012.
The purpose of eArmyU, an online degree program that began in 2001, was to provide Soldiers access to a college education, and officials said the need for that program has been overshadowed by other booming distance-learning resources.
Since World War II, and in the years leading up to 2001 when eArmyU became a Soldier’s entry point to higher education and personal growth, the only courses available were those offered in the on-post brick-and-mortar classrooms. Obtaining a degree, with the constant movement a Soldier experiences, was very difficult.
“Back in 2001, the world was changing. Technology was becoming much more prevalent and distance learning came in,” said Ileen Rogers, director of Army Continuing Education at Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.
Accessing instruction via the Internet, she said, was becoming a viable means of getting an education.
The Army decided to take advantage of this by initiating eArmyU and giving Soldiers the tools they needed to continue their education and not be confined by the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom to do it.
“But a laptop was an expensive piece of equipment, so at the onset of the program, Soldiers lined up to receive a free laptop and a liberal education assistance package. As long as they completed enough course work in eArmyU they were allowed to keep it,” Rogers said about the laptop computers.
Colleges had to work hard to be part of the Army’s program.
“When the program started there were about 23 colleges. Over the years, it has grown to include 45 colleges. But to be in the program, the college had to be regionally accredited and be a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College,” Rogers said.
SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. Funded by the Department of Defense through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.
“Before 2001, distance learning was insignificant,” Rogers said. “Today, more than 72 percent of all our enrollments are in distance learning. The original concept was to expand access. We have.”
“Instead of 45 schools, Soldiers now have more than 2,000 choices out there. So, their options for selecting a home college, transferability, degree completion has just expanded beyond the original concept of eArmyU,” she continued.
In spite of the current operational tempo, she said, enrollment in college programs has increased every year.
“Right now, at, our Soldiers enroll in 2,600 colleges across the nation and around the world,” she said.
“Technology has driven our access so that Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, Africa, no matter where they are, they are online, they’re doing distance learning through all kinds of modes, not just the Internet,” she said.
Schools, she said, have stepped forward to provide pre-loaded courses on PDAs, tablets, and other devices.
“Our schools are out there pushing distance learning and access so that we can’t keep up with it. Every time you turn around, there’s some new media out there where Soldiers can access and continue their education,” Rogers said.
Tuition assistance, she said, will continue because the Army is committed to Soldiers and their personal and professional growth.
“We want our Soldiers to know that eArmyU has been a success. We’ve achieved our major goals in providing access for our Soldiers, that they can be assured that no matter where they go on their mission, that the core ingredient for their personal growth is still there and the Army will do all it can to support them in that,” she said.
The Army, she said, has taken a leadership role in supporting its Soldiers.
“We’re the only service that provides tuition assistance to all components. A Soldier is a Soldier, whether on active duty or in one of the Reserve components. The finances are there and the people are there to help them achieve their personal goals in terms of education,” Rogers said.
Of the 64,000 Soldiers who have benefitted from eArmyU over the past decade, 1,432 are still using the program.
“We’re telling each one about the change, because the program is still open to them until March 31, 2012. And we encourage them to keep working hard to complete their program and work closely with their educational counselor to work out a plan and get them to degree completion,” she said, adding the schools will continue to offer their program through GoArmyEd.
“We’ll do all we can to help them reach that goal,” she said.
To find out more about the program, go to a local Army education center, or go online to for a list of all Army education centers and points of contact.

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

FRANKFORT – A nonprofit group has awarded Kentucky and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System a $1 million grant to improve retention in the statewide junior college system.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that KCTCS was awarded the grant from Complete College America to improve its Learn on Demand online degree program.

Learn on Demand, which was launched in 2009, focuses on high-tech and high-demand careers such as nursing and information technology. Students can take the courses online at any time.

The $1 million grant will be used to add tutoring and academic advising, which educators hope will encourage more people to complete their degrees.

Only 25 percent of community college students nationwide complete their degrees in three years, according to Complete College America.

The $1 million grant was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Kentucky is one of 10 states to be awarded the grant.

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Monday, August 1st, 2011

Penn State World Campus’ online bachelor’s degree in political science makes it easy for working adults to complete a degree while enhancing their career options in government, international businesses and nonprofits, or preparing for law school.

University Park, PA (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

“The goal is to help students acquire analytical reasoning skills that will enable them to make informed comparisons, understand common patterns and see the bigger picture – all valuable assets for sound decision making,” said Douglas Lemke, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and lead faculty member for the online degree program. “Offering this degree online is a great option for people who work full time or are serving in the military.”

The College of the Liberal Arts is offering the degree, which is delivered online through Penn State’s World Campus. Courses focus on American politics, the politics of other nations, international relations and political theory . A political science degree can lead to an entry-level career in a wide range of fields from local, state and federal governments to companies doing business internationally. This degree also is traditionally the first step toward law school.

Lemke said faculty use a variety of methods to keep students engaged online. Courses feature discussion boards and group projects, and lectures are formatted to show the faculty member and lecture slides in a split screen on computers. In addition, the International Relations course offers a role-playing simulation, “Diplomacy,” that enables students to use what they are learning to form country teams, make trade pacts and more.

Information about the online B.A. in political science is available by cell phone and computer.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 70 of Penn State’s most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. Founded in 1998, Penn State World Campus is the University’s 25th campus serving more than 8,500 students in all 50 states and around the world. World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Deborah A. Benedetti
Penn State Outreach
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Saturday, July 30th, 2011

This is a consumer advice column written by the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana. It appears Thursdays in Business.

Many people would like to advance their education. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way – family, jobs, etc. – and makes going back to school impossible.

Suppose those life experiences could become credits toward a degree? I’ve always had a hankering to be known as “Dr. Stephens,” but just don’t have the time or commitment to pursue a Ph.D. Not to worry – one online university will award me a doctorate based on my:

♦Prior job experience in any field

♦Military training

♦Employer-sponsored training and workshops

♦Participation in professional and nonprofessional organizations

♦Personal goals, lifestyle, hobbies and traveling

I can get my sheepskin in seven days for $1,149. There’s a 100 percent money-back guarantee if I’m not approved, but I would guess that never happens.

Many people are scammed by Internet-based “diploma mills” that offer them the opportunity to get high school, bachelor’s and advanced degrees with little or no effort. But you may run into trouble with legitimate schools you want to attend or with employers when they find out your degree is bogus.

A person wanting to attend a culinary school didn’t have the high school diploma required. She found a school online, paid $250, took a few simple tests and got her diploma a week later. That allowed her to qualify for a federal student loan to enter the culinary school. When they found out her diploma was bogus, she was forced to withdraw. At first the school refused to refund her tuition so she could repay the loan, but later relented and gave her the money back.

There are legitimate distance-learning and online-based degree programs. Check out any educational institution with the BBB and bona fide accrediting organizations. Watch out for these red flags of a diploma mill:

♦Degrees or diplomas are awarded based on “life experience” and require very little or no work.

♦The institution guarantees you’ll receive a degree or diploma within a few days, weeks or months.

♦The institution offers deals if you sign up to receive more than one degree at a time, such as bachelor’s and master’s degrees, for one low price.

♦The cost is per degree rather than per credit hour.

To be fair, an online degree was the only option for one prospective student. A cat owner wanted his pet to get a high school diploma. He paid the online school’s $200 fee and described the cat’s life experiences, which included being rescued from a ditch when she was a teeny ball of fluff. Shortly thereafter, the cat became a proud high school graduate. Problem is, the cat owner’s children wanted to take the same shortcut!

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

A new, start-to-finish accredited online degree program and a challenge grant for future construction prompted a press conference Monday at Central Baptist College.Two degrees will now be available through the college’s “enrollment to degree” online program, which uses a student’s rented or owned remote proctor.

Dr. Gary McAllister, vice president of academic affairs, presented the virtual proctor prototype like those to be used in the program to attendees at the Mabee Student Services building Monday. He also explained its role as offering convenience to the student and contribution to accreditation success.

“An online student may use a librarian as a proctor, but that librarian does not know the actual identity of that student, or that librarian could be the student’s aunt,” McAllister said. “There’s no guarantee with the situation.”

The Securexam Remote Proctor is a device roughly the size of an office telephone that online students may rent or buy, which has the ability to authenticate the student’s identity, to record a testing room with a rotating camera, and to control browser settings to reduce a student’s ability to cheat.

“The primary purpose of offering distance-delivered courses and programs at Central Baptist College is to provide access to students who cannot attend face-to-face classes on campus,” McAllister said. “Some live too far from campus, and others have scheduling conflicts that prevent them from taking the classes they need. Distance-delivered courses can resolve these issues.”The slogan for the new degree program is “college at your convenience.”

The proctors will be available for purchase for the student at around $200, and the college is still working to develop a possible rental solution.

The school has offered online courses with its degree programs, though never has a CBC student been able to complete their degree using online courses alone.

President Terry Kimbrow said the school’s online studies program was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

He added the program’s approval by the group was a “major accomplishment” for the school, which will have “a profound impact upon the institution.

McAllister said Monday he believed the offering of a fully online degree at CBC was the only one in the state by a private, non-profit, accredited regional college.

“You can start and complete a degree at CBC from anywhere in the world,” he said.

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Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Sanjeev Verma Director Intelligent Partners Intelligent Partners , Middle East’s largest college counseling company said,” SNHU offers more than 50 undergraduate programs in business, liberal arts, education, culinary and hospitality. They also have 60 online accredited graduate programs including over 24 specialized MBA’s. You can get your degree in 18 months and no GMAT or GRE is required. This is of great interest to students in the U.A.E. as we are seeing of late a high percentage of students looking for postgraduate degrees where there are no GMAT or GRE requirements.”

SNHU has the following schools:

The School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Business

The School of Education

Verma added, “They offer a 3 years Honors program whereby a student can get an undergraduate business degree in three years rather than four. US News ranks SNHU as a tier one school. Combined with the short distances from Boston we feel this makes it very attractive for students in the Middle East.”

Some of the MBA’s offered are:

MBA in Accounting ,MBA in Athletic Administration ,MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility ,MBA in Entrepreneurship, MBA in Finance ,MBA in Forensic Accounting ,MBA in Healthcare Informatics ,MBA in Healthcare Management ,MBA in Information Technology Management, MBA in International Hospitality Management, MBA in Justice Studies, MBA in Marketing, MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management, MBA in Project Management, MBA in Six Sigma, MBA in Social Media, MBA in Sports Management, MBA in Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, MBA in Workplace Conflict Management

The Business School and SNHU were recognized as ”Best of Business Award” winners in the Best M.B.A. Program and Best online Degree Program categories by the New Hampshire Business Review.

Please call 042942460 / 3 for an appointment or email Press Release 2011

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

InsideHigher Ed reported that in January USC became one of the firstinstitutions in the country to provide departments and committees withclear instructions on how to reward faculty for interdisciplinaryresearch and collaborative scholarship. The University Committee onAppointments, Promotions and Tenure, a group of professors that advisesUSC President C. L. Max Nikias, produced a manual that specifies howtenure and promotion should be determined. The university created afund to support interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, and hasheld collaboration workshops at the USC Annenberg School’s Norman LearCenter for faculty members. The grants have gone toward a technologyand pediatrics project by the USC Viterbi School, the Keck School ofUSC and the USC School of Pharmacy, as well as to an initiative torepair neurodegenerative disorders by the Keck School, the USC DavisSchool and the Ostrow School of USC. Melding of disciplines by MilindTambe of the Viterbi School has resulted in funding from the U.S.Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary Research Initiative program,the story reported. The scale and systematic nature of USC’s newapproach to interdisciplinary and collaborative work are of a differentorder, said USC Vice President of Research Randolph Hall. “I can’tthink of a university that has embraced it as much as we have.”

LosAngeles Times featured the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, inwhich California voters found the budget approved by Gov. Jerry Brownand lawmakers last month largely distasteful. “They’re not happy withlevel of spending cuts, but they’re not outraged,” Dan Schnur of theUSC Dornsife College told LosAngeles Times . “But when you ask the voters in a broader sense: ‘Isthis budget fair to you and to people like you?’ by a very largemargins voters feel this is an unfair budget.” Voters were evenlydivided on the state’s plan to take funds away from redevelopmentagencies, LosAngeles Times reported. KPCC-FM ‘s”Patt Morrison” interviewed Joe Domanick of the USC Annenberg Schoolabout the poll findings. The poll was also featured by Xinhua News Agency (China) , NationalJournal , NPR San Francisco affiliate KALW-FM, CapitalPublic Radio and TheBurbank Leader .

Wired featured the iPad App developed for USC Rossier School’s MAT@USC onlinedegree program, noting that it is the first mobile app of its kind.”You can do everything on the iPad app that you could do on yourlaptop,” said Melora Sundt of the Rossier School. More than 1,500students have enrolled in the successful MAT@USC distance learningprogram since its launch four years ago, the story stated. The strengthof the program is its similarity to the traditional on-campus graduateprogram; MAT@USC students pay the same tuition, and the Rossier Schoolhas hired more faculty to meet the needs of its expanded student body.

ABCNews Bakersfield, Calif., affiliate KERO-TV featured surgeries atUSC University Hospital to implant ventricular assist devices inpatients with heart failure. The story reported that the procedure canhelp patients live longer while they wait to receive a donor organ, orsimply improve their quality of life. There are many patients out therewho don’t know that this technology exists, said Michael Bowdish of theKeck School of USC. “The real barrier is that people don’t realize howfar we’ve advanced and what kind of functional quality people can havethat get these kind of pumps.” One patient was airlifted to the USCUniversity Hospital from Bakersfield and his heart gave out on arrival;he received the device and recovered.

TechNewsWorld featured research by Susumu Takahashi of the USC Dornsife College andcolleagues at The University of British Columbia and UC Santa Barbara,who have made a major advance in dealing with a major obstacle to thedevelopment of radically faster computers. The researchers found a wayto deal with decoherence, the tendency of atomic-scale particles to getquickly tangled up with the larger physical world. By suppressingdecoherence, the scientists were able to calculate intrinsicdecoherence so they could figure out the optimum conditions forbuilding a quantum computer, Takahashi said.

KNX-AM interviewed USCGould School Dean Robert Rasmussen about the bankruptcy of the LosAngeles Dodgers.

TheWashington Post quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall Schoolabout the impact of the NFL lockout on fans.

DailyMail (U.K.) quoted Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about alawsuit in which she is representing the Trust Company of the West. Reuters also quoted Estrich.

BloombergNews quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estateabout a Chicago plan to build what would become America’s tallestbuilding.

Times-Union cited an op-ed by Ryan Linkof of the USCDornsife College about tabloid newspapers.

McClatchyNewspapers cited a USC study comparing education spending andperformance in the United States with that in 11 other countries.

TheOrange County Register reported that Ostrow School of USC studentsprovided free dental care to senior citizens at a clinic event inTustin, Calif.

Variety reported that Warner Bros. bought the feature film rights to “ADiscovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of the USC Dornsife College,which is part of a book trilogy in progress.

KCET-TV ran an events column by Holly Willis of the USC School of CinematicArts.

JewishJournal ran a column by Bruce Phillips, USC professor of JewishCommunal Service, which drew on his research published by USC’s CasdenInstitute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.

Yahoo! News ran an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School on the ending ofthe military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

TheSacramento Bee reported that a study on school construction costsused statistical analysis validated by the USC Keston Institute forPublic Finance and Infrastructure Policy. TheSan Diego Union-Tribune also ran a story.

TheTimes of India (India) highlighted the computer science programs ofthe USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

FoxNews Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV reported that Gabriel Zada ofthe Keck School of USC went to San Francisco to check on former patientBryan Stow, who was severely beaten at a Dodgers game earlier this year.

NBCNews Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV stated that the El Nido FamilyCenter’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development program uses a tooldeveloped at USC to assess kids’ risk level for gang violence.

TheSacramento Bee ran an op-ed about University of California fundingwhich stated that USC and Stanford University are happy to pay greatfaculty and leaders competitive salaries.

KCET-TV noted that images for a story were provided by the USC Libraries and byL.A. as Subject, a research collective hosted by the USC Libraries.

VietNam News (Vietnam) mentioned the number of films produced bystudents at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and New York University’sfilm school.

Variety ran an obituary for USC alumnus and theater artistic director Alan NealHubb, noting that while at USC he founded Festival Theatre USC-USA, agroup of students and alumni that performed at the Edinburgh FringeFestival and toured elsewhere in Europe.

GameSpot noted that USC alumni Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago, founders ofthatgamecompany, met and began designing games at the USC School ofCinematic Arts’ Interactive Media Division.

NorthCounty Times profiled USC Thornton School alumna and saxophonistJessy J, who said that she was recruited by the USC director of jazzstudies and received a scholarship to attend USC.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2011

U.S.News World Report recently started its first-ever effort to collect detailed data from all online bachelor’s degree-level education programs in the United States. We sent surveys to around 1,800 colleges and universities that are regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States for bachelor’s level education. The school profile data, such as the technology used in online education, will be based on the current state of each school’s online bachelor’s degree program. In conjunction, we will give all regionally accredited colleges in the country a chance to say if they will have an online bachelor’s degree program during the upcoming 2011-12 academic year. This process will enable us to achieve one of our main goals of the online data collection : to create the first-ever comprehensive list of all colleges currently offering online bachelor’s degree programs.

In order to qualify as an online bachelor’s degree program, the degree program has to offer at least 80 percent of its program course content online. U.S. News has adopted the industry standard definition (detailed on page 4 of this report ) from The Sloan Consortium of what it means to qualify as having an online degree program. This does mean that some online programs on our upcoming bachelor’s degree online directory, search engine, and rankings will have limited amounts of on-campus or other types of face-to-face requirements. (In other words, all the programs will not be delivered 100 percent online.)

In addition, all online bachelor’s degree programs offered by private, public, and for-profit schools are eligible to participate in the U.S. News survey . This means that our new compilation of online bachelor’s degrees will not only include programs at some colleges that are 100 percent online, but will also include those offered by traditional schools that have both online and classroom-based, face-to-face programs.

Many online bachelor’s degree programs eligible to complete the survey are degree completion programs geared toward working adult students who have already earned some college credits and want to finish their bachelor’s degree. Degree completion programs are an important aspect of online education at the undergraduate level.

For the first time, we are collecting unduplicated counts on students, faculty, and program graduates using a July 1 to June 30 academic year period. The many online degree programs we talked to when developing the surveys said that a one-year time period using unduplicated counts would yield data that would most accurately reflect the annual scope of each of these programs.

For more information about the actual start of the online data collection for the 5 graduate schools (the master’s levels in business, computer information technology, education, engineering, and nursing), online program rankings, or the new online education site, please check this blog for updates.

Past posts our about online project include:

U.S. News to Collect Online Education Data

U.S. News Seeks to Fill 3 Gaps in Online Education Data

If your college has any questions about the online bachelor’s survey, including which persons at your institution have access to our secure online data collection site, contact

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Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The last day to submit applications for degree seeking students is Aug.19, and classes for the fall semester will begin on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Cleveland State offers a wide variety of programs including three associate of arts options, three associate of science options, and seven associate of applied science options with 21 concentrations and 24 technical certificates.

There are a number of different scheduling options for working adults, as well, such as the ADVANCE program, the Regent’s Online Degree Program (RODP), and the Post 9/11 Act for Veterans.

In addition to traditional day and evening classes, there are many distance learning options available to Cleveland State students, including online, video, interactive TV and independent study courses.

Another new option for the fall semester is block scheduling, a convenient option that allows students to attend classes with the same group of students with a pre-determined class schedule for an entire year.

“Because of the external pressures of job and family, our students need to be able to know what their class schedule will be for an entire year. Block scheduling allows students to form friendships that lead to a support group,” stated Dr. Jerry Faulkner, vice president for academic affairs.

“Recent evidence points to block scheduling as a ‘best practice’ in higher education. Students in block scheduled classes have higher retention and completion rates.”

First-time students, who are seeking a degree or a certificate, must participate in the New Student Online Orientation process and attend a new student advising and registration session held at CSCC in order to register for the fall semester.

These sessions are held prior to each fall and spring semester and are designed to familiarize students with the services, resources and programs available at CSCC.

During these sessions, students will be able to register for classes, speak to an advisor and tour the campus.

CSCC has a financial aid deadline date of July 29 for the fall semester.

If students are interested in enrolling at CSCC for the fall semester and are applying for financial aid, all documents must be turned in by that date.

“Approximately 66 percent of our students receive financial aid,” stated Brenda DiSorbo, director of financial aid.

“We have financial aid counselors available to assist students during the financial aid process. It is important that students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.”

Even without financial aid, Cleveland State is still the most affordable college in the area. The current tuition for a full-time student is $1,682.50 per semester.

For more information about fall registration or to view a schedule of classes, please visit the Cleveland State website at or contact the Student Relations Department at (423) 614-8734.

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

(PRWEB) July 12, 2011

In keeping with Arkansas’ joint higher education “Compact With the People of Arkansas,” which Arkansas State University helped shape earlier this year, the university is launching a new online degree program for both incoming first-time students and students seeking degree completion.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS), launched in partnership with higher education service provider Academic Partnerships , is designed to provide students with a well-rounded and integrated learning experience. The online degree program offers an accessible, affordable accelerated path to earning a bachelor’s degree. It fits with the Compact’s pledge to meet the state’s educational, social and economic needs, as outlined by Governor Mike Beebe’s goal to double the number of Arkansas’s degree holders by 2025.

“Arkansas State University takes seriously the governor’s call to stay competitive and to prepare better for the future by increasing the state’s number of college graduates in Arkansas,” said Dr. Dan Howard, interim Chancellor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. “This new online degree program is an effective option for both students just entering college, as well as for non-traditional students already in the work force who have previously earned college credits, but who never graduated. Through this program, such students can continue working, complete their degree and ultimately increase their earning potential.”

“We are proud to partner with Arkansas State University as it adds another program to its online degree offerings,” said Marsha Schattner, Executive Vice President at Academic Partnerships. “We are honored to know that our ongoing partnership has already helped the university deliver viable online higher education options to many students who face challenges getting to traditional classrooms. Governor Beebe’s call for a significant increase in the state’s college graduates makes this new online degree program especially timely.”

Students who enroll in the online BSIS degree program may be first-time college students who prefer the new online format or continuing students who wish to use previously-earned college credits for degree completion. The BSIS degree also optimizes transfer of academic credits for students with associate’s degrees from two-year colleges. In addition, the online program makes it possible for students to receive credit hours for military or on-the-job work experience, or design a personalized degree program that addresses their own career interests.

Although the online BSIS degree program presently is available only to residents of Arkansas, Arkansas State University is also working to expand its online programs and offerings both in and out-of-state. Additional information will be available in the near future.
Currently, the online BSIS degree program offers three areas of study: Criminal Justice, Communications and Technology. Other areas of emphasis will be added in 2012. The online degree program comprises 124 hours, with course lengths of seven weeks and an in-state course cost of $530.40. Students who are not seeking financial assistance may pay as they go per online course. Financial aid is available to full-time students who are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.

Initial classes in the online BSIS degree program begin August 22, 2011. The registration deadline is August 12. To take August or October classes, students must be admitted into the online degree program by August 8. For registration information about this and other Arkansas State University degree programs offered online, visit or call (866) 621-8096.

To schedule an on-site meeting or to find out how employers can provide this program to their employees contact Susan Bariola at sbariola (at) astate (dot) edu.

To demonstrate further their commitment to Governor Beebe’s call to action to meet the state’s educational needs, Arkansas State University is providing a Tuition Scholarship for the first course for all new students enrolling in 2011. For more information contact an enrollment specialist at (866) 621-8096.

Arkansas State University has a long and distinguished history of providing access to a high quality education at an affordable price by faculty members who are experts in their fields. The University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities (HLC) and holds 20 specialized accreditations underscoring the quality of its academic programs. ASU is ranked as a Tier I Southern institution of higher education by the editors of U.S. News World Report in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges and is ranked among the nation’s most military and veteran friendly universities.

Dallas-based Academic Partnerships, LLC ( ), a higher education service provider, helps state universities expand access to their programs by converting traditional degree programs to online delivery and recruiting qualified students.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, Jan. 11, 2011
Gov. Beebe said in his address to legislators that the state’s anticipated small increase in revenue would be used for public education funding, and that his budget proposes a 2 percent per-pupil increase in state foundation funding, to $6,143 per pupil. The proposed K-12 budget for fiscal 2012 is $2.7 billion, up 3.7 percent from fiscal 2011. In his State of the State address Jan. 11, Gov. Beebe also touted the state’s 6th place ranking nationally in Quality Counts 2011 , published by Education Week, up from 10th last year. Gov. Beebe said the state had “a much bigger hill to climb” in addressing its higher education challenges. The state must double its number of college graduates by 2025, he said. Gov. Beebe said he requested a 1 percent increase in higher education funding to help the state’s colleges with increased enrollment. He also said the state would have to address the financial barriers that block some students from completing degree requirements. “Michelle D. Anderson

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