Wednesday, March 24, 2010

U. of Memphis to Increase Online Degrees

With the start of the fall semester, the U, of Memphis will add 18 new online degree programs to the 22 it already has in place, according to the Daily Helmsman.

"It's a way to increase enrollment." said Vicki Murrell, assistant dean of distance education. "It's also a way to encourage degree completion because if somebody is in the middle of a degree and they have to go to work, they can still finish that degree."

Part of the goal is also to encourage students beyond the traditional age of college students of 18 to 22, and to expand the student body beyond the immediate Memphis vicinity.

Already, more than 5,000 students are currently enrolled in online courses. About 1,300 students are in a totally web-based curriculum. The courses are designed by faculty of traditional courses on the campus. the university states that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requires that all online degree programs must be identical to in-person programs.

The degrees are offered through the university’s “eCampus.” Some of the new degrees to be added to the roster next fall include: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts History, Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management, Bachelor of Arts in Communication;

Also, Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education, Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education, Master of Science Educational Psychology, Master of Science Health Promotion, Bachelor of Business Administration Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management, Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health.

For more information about the programs see .