Sunday, April 26, 2015

U Arizona Girds for Online Undergrads - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Now that the University of Arizona has launched an online campus, UA Online, the institution is ready to start up its first "General Education Academy" to help students prepare for their virtual education. UA Online is intended to be a distinct division with 21 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs and 23 graduate certificate programs. In an effort to compete for students living outside of Arizona, the school has set tuition rates for online courses the same for out-of-state and in-state students. The university announced the academy last year with several goals: to help the institution "manage the quality of its online general education offerings," "create a community for online instructors," and help develop "cutting-edge resources for online students and teachers." The initial emphasis will be on helping non-typical online students — first-year and early-transfer undergraduates — succeed in their online programs. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/16/u-arizona-girds-for-online-undergrads.aspx

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