The number of University of Arkansas students who graduated from online degree programs reached an all-time high of 357 students in May, the school reported on Thursday (May 30).
Officials said they expect the trend to continue after nine new online programs launch in fall 2019.
The number of graduates in May represents an increase of 78.5% from the 200 online students who graduated in May 2015.
“The University of Arkansas is expanding online education to meet the needs of adults who want a U of A degree but cannot abandon their jobs, homes and responsibilities to come to Fayetteville,” said Donald Judges, vice provost for distance education. “Online programs help remove the barriers of time and distance by providing access to programs developed and delivered by U of A academic colleges.”
The UA will offer nine new online programs in fall 2019. They include:
- A degree-completion program for licensed practical nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
- Master of Education in Community College Leadership;
- Master of Education in Educational Equity; and
- Graduate certificates in Musical Education for Special Needs Students, Lean Six Sigma, Homeland Security, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Curriculum/Program Administrator, and Nursing Educator.
More than 40 online degree and certificate programs are featured on the University of Arkansas online website.