– 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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
spring, 30 students are enrolled at UT Arlington’s Finish@UT program, up from
19 in Fall 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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