UT Arlington launches enhanced online program to help former students complete degrees
ARLINGTON – As more working adults seek avenues to earn bachelor’s degrees, The University of Texas at Arlington is offering a rebranded, innovative program to aid students who have earned college credit and want to complete their degrees.
Finish@UT, previously known as the Bachelor’s Accelerated Completion degree, or BAC Program, offers a selection of online courses coordinated by The University of Texas System that have been conceived primarily for former students in Texas who have earned at least 60 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree.
The program may be completed in shorter time than a traditional, campus-based plan because students take pairs of eight-week courses and may finish faster than through a traditional, campus-based program.
Courses in the UT Arlington Finish@UT program are designed and delivered by UT Arlington faculty in cooperation with the University’s nationally recognized Center for Distance Education, which serves students in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries.
“UT Arlington has a longstanding, quality record in distance education,” said Pete Smith, associate vice president for distance education and classroom technology. “What makes us so successful is that we invest in our center, which works with faculty to help them design their courses. We also work with our college and school deans to support their high-quality faculty as they teach courses and offer programs online.”
Currently, UT Arlington and two other institutions are participating in Finish@UT, with each offering a different degree program. Students may earn a bachelor of science in university studies through UT Arlington. UT El Paso offers a bachelor of multidisciplinary studies degree, while UT Permian Basin offers a bachelor of arts in humanities degree through the online initiative.
Martha Ellis, UT System’s associate vice chancellor for community college partnerships, said the three Finish@UT degree options “afford a person the opportunity to fulfill the dream of career advancement and educational goal attainment through degree completion.”
Students need not have begun their studies at a UT System institution, nor do they need to be Texas residents, to participate. Tuition and fees vary by institution. For Texas residents, 12 credits – a full load – will cost about $4,448 at UT Arlington.
Students must apply and be accepted to the participating UT institution from which they will ultimately graduate. Once admitted, students may choose and enroll in Internet courses from any of the three participating institutions.
This spring, 30 students are enrolled at UT Arlington’s Finish@UT program, up from 19 in Fall 2011.
In all, about 9,300 of UT Arlington’s 33,439 students had fully online schedules last fall; 13,000 took at least one course online. Seventy percent of online students were female; the average age of the student was 40. The UT Arlington College of Nursing claims the largest online enrollment.
“We know from the success of our online nursing and education programs that there are many, many college learners who might finish their degrees if they knew how to do it online,” Smith said. “Finish@UT provides the flexibility that is necessary when you have a job, family or other commitments.”
Visit www.finishatut.org for more information about the program and The University of Texas System Online Consortium.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research university of about 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.
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