VSU presents a new online college

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VSU’s new Online Career Advancement College was approved by the Board of Regents on April 13.

The college will include eight undergraduate programs that will begin in the summer of 2021.

Rodney Carr, vice president for student success, is the director of the new online college. He started the development of the college two years ago with other institutions while discussing other options.

“We were discussing with other institutions how to reach Georgians for their education needs,” he said. “We also now know that there are over 67,000 Georgians who choose to use online education at institutions outside of the state of Georgia.”

According to Carr, VSU was not meeting student needs through VSU’s current online programs.

He said VSU was meeting the needs through its face-to-face programs. However, they wanted Georgians to build education around their life by meeting certain needs through online education.

“They’re probably out of college, or have families, or they’re working or life gets in their way,” Carr said. “We wanted to design a program that would help meet those needs in this desire. “

Students in the program will take two eight-week courses at a time. This is designed to give a flexible academic load and for students to graduate in a timely manner as if they were in a traditional semester, according to Carr.

The new program will also be one of the most affordable programs in the country at $ 299 per credit hour, which is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. The price will also include all course material and students will not be charged any additional fees.

These prices are compared to other programs outside of Georgia, like SNHU with $ 320 per credit hour plus additional fees.

The online college’s programs include a bachelor’s degree in management, a bachelor’s degree in general affairs, a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

“The university is excited about this,” Carr said. “I can tell you that it has been two years of hard and hard work by many of our faculty and staff behind the scenes to look at this issue. Designing a program that is truly designed around student success, our enthusiasm is not just for the State of Valdosta, it is for the students that we can make an impact through this and the lives we can change. in this process.

Article by Kilie Huckleby, editor-in-chief of Campus Life. Photos courtesy of VSU.


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