In my last newsletter I talked to you about our Distance MBA program. Now I am delighted to let you know that I have taken on the role of developing online undergraduate degree completion programs on our campus. This new initiative will launch online programs from the College of Business, College of Nursing, and the School of Public Affairs to juniors, seniors, and transfer students so they can have more flexibility to complete their degrees. In the College of Business, we will start with required courses in statistics, information systems, marketing and management, then ramp up to include other disciplines as demand grows. I believe demand will grow quickly.
We took on this initiative to increase access and reduce the living expenses for students in remote areas of our region as well to meet the needs of our own local working students who need more flexibility in class times. As the new generation of students become more and more internet savvy, they are becoming more comfortable with the concept of online classes. Our program gives them more flexibility in the type of jobs and hours they work, while still enabling them to meet family demands.
In addition, many students in rural communities across southern Colorado (and beyond) are able to get an associate degree at a local community college, but their distance from Colorado Springs makes it difficult for them to obtain a four-year degree. Our agreement with Colorado Community Colleges helps students easily transition from their associate degree in business to a Bachelor of Science in Business, and they can complete it at their kitchen tables.
But the biggest reason, I think, is this: students, after their first two years of college, will be able to complete their undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited program at UCCS--online--from wherever they are. Some traditional campus students will opt to take one or more online courses; some students will never set foot on our campus. However they choose to complete their degree with us, they can be assured of high quality instruction and classmates who meet our standards for admission into the college. For more information on this program, please email our undergraduate program director, Rashell McCann.
We are looking forward to this next chapter of building successful futures of students in southern Colorado and beyond by taking our AACSB-accredited program into their homes and offices.
Soon, I will fill you in on our exciting new non-degree Practical Entrepreneurship Program.
PS: Save the date for the 15th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum: October 14 from 7-11:30 a.m. at the Antlers Hilton. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.