New Online College for Career Advancement at VSU Board Approved



April 13, 2021

Robbyn DeSpain

Dr Rodney Carr, Vice President for Student Affairs

VALDOSTA – Why do more than 67,000 online adult learners in Georgia choose to pay more to attend an out-of-state university? From this summer, the answer is they won’t need it anymore.

Today, the Georgia University System Board of Regents approved Valdosta State University’s new online college for career advancement. This new college builds on lessons learned from well-known national online providers to create a top-notch option in Georgia, at a lower cost.

“For too long Georgians looking for high-quality personal attention, ease of accepting transfer credits and a very flexible and easy-to-navigate degree have been forced to pay the higher costs. billed by institutions like the University of Phoenix or the University of Southern New Hampshire. Said Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, President of VSU. “The launch of the new VSU Online College for Professional Advancement will change that forever. “

The new college offers students a redesigned admissions process designed specifically for returning students, eight of the most sought-after bachelor’s programs among those seeking career development, and an innovative model for providing concierge-level support every step of the way. of a student’s course.

Tuition fees for the new college will be among the most affordable in the country. At $ 299 per credit hour, it’s more affordable than all of the major domestic competitors. The new all-inclusive rate also includes all course materials and students will not be charged any additional fees.

Dr. Rodney Carr, Vice President of Student Success VSU and Director of the New College, is proud of what makes this new college different beyond its price.

“During the pandemic, VSU gained national attention when we launched a student support concierge coaching model in which trained and caring staff are in regular contact with a small group of students to encourage and assist them. to meet all their needs, ”he said. “This model will now be used to help students at the new college get all of their questions answered, as well as the ongoing support needed to get more of them to the finish line of getting the diploma.”

Carr also noted that instead of having to wait for traditional semesters to start, students can enroll in the new college every week, and all classes will only last eight weeks and have a common look and feel.

“All courses have been designed by professional course designers, freeing our faculty to devote their time to providing students with an exceptional and highly personalized experience with regular and prompt feedback,” he said.

The result of a multi-year planning effort, the new college was the collaborative vision of Carvajal and many others at the university.

“This new college is designed to help more adult learners graduate,” Carvajal said. “Our faculty and staff are proud to be innovative leaders in Georgia and beyond, and they will play an important role in supporting and successfully supporting students at our new Online College for career advancement.”

“We know there are far too many Georgians trying to get degrees from an institution outside our state,” Carr added. “We want them to know that there is a more affordable option closer to home with all the personal attention and convenience they value and expect.”

The Online College for Career Advancement will offer eight degrees, including:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in General Affairs
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

While Carr notes that the new college includes many innovative aspects, he added that VSU is certainly not new to online education.

“The university has been recognized on several ‘best’ lists and has already offered over 40 bachelor’s, master’s, honors and doctoral degrees in more traditional online formats,” he said.

About Valdosta State University

Founded in 1906, Valdosta State University is a public university in Valdosta, Georgia, serving more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 100 associate, bachelor’s, Masters, Honors and Doctoral, Business to Nursing and Health to Education and Human Services to Arts to Science and Mathematics to Humanities and Social Sciences. It is located in the heart of Valdosta and just 16 miles north of the Florida state border.

Known for its comprehensive academic counseling program, the State of Valdosta prides itself on its individualized approach to education and commitment to student success, consistently ranking among the top colleges for social mobility. Students in Valdosta State are motivated, focused and determined to use their success to make an impact and transform the South Georgia region and all the communities they touch.


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