ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington will launch a new online program in fall 2010 to provide former college students with an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree.
The Bachelor's Accelerated Completion (BAC) program will target students who have completed roughly 60 semester credit hours or more. The UT TeleCampus will administer the program.
Courses will be six to seven weeks long. The course offerings have not been announced but students in and outside of Texas will be eligible for admission. After successful completion, students will be awarded a bachelor's degree in UT Arlington's university studies program.
Michael Moore, senior vice provost at UT Arlington, said the online program targets students who have started college but could not complete their coursework due to work constraints or changes in their personal life.
"Not everybody can be 18, leave high school and go to college for four years and graduate," Moore said. "We believe that offering this degree will dramatically increase the options for these students." Moore said the BAC program is part of UT Arlington's effort to serve former students who face geographical and time constraints in traveling to campus for class.
It also will enhance the university studies program, which has provided a new avenue for former students to return to college, Moore said. "This fall, we launched our university studies program and we had 18 graduates," said Moore, adding that some of the graduates were top students.
The university studies program is a broad, non-traditional degree program, offering students preparation for a variety of career paths by maximizing their existing credit hours through an individualized curriculum.
Prospective students to the BAC program will have to meet the institution's admissions requirements before they can be admitted into the program. Students can qualify for financial aid. Costs before financial aid will be $600 per three-hour-credit course, which means students could complete a semester's worth of courses for as little as $2,400 in 12 weeks.
UT Arlington faculty will teach the online courses. Initially, the degree plan offered will be in university studies. Other degree plans will be added in the future.
While the program will target prospective students with significant undergraduate credits, students who have relatively fewer credits may take required courses online or in traditional classrooms at universities or community colleges. UT TeleCampus staff will assist those students with planning and locating such courses.
The UT TeleCampus has established a user-friendly Web site to help prospective students select a degree plan. The site, www.bac.utsystem.edu, also includes information about admissions, financial aid and academic advising.
The University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.