The University of Arizona is now recruiting students for its newly launched online campus.
It's offering 21 undergraduate degree programs and looking to add several more in the few months -- targeting busy professionals, parents returning to the workforce and community college transfer students.
The school already offers over 40 online graduate school degrees and certificates. Now, it will make online undergraduate degrees available in August 2015.
The list includes:
- Digital information and data science with a Bachelor of Arts in eSociety.
- Data management and software development with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Informatics.
- New green economy with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments.
- Healthcare and Health Related Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Care, Health and Society.
- Social services for all populations with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.
Del Casino explained how a typical online class works. "The way this course is built there's a question each week, there's a writing assignment that might happen and then there's a video set of lectures."
But how do students ask questions without seeing their professors and classmates face to face? It's often a knock on online learning.
"I like the experience of coming to school and being on campus," a UA student told us. "One on one connection and having a classroom of peers to bounce ideas off of," said another.
But Vincent says there's plenty of interactions. Students must communicate online. "I find this course more interactive than I do in a standard lecture format. Because students have to do something every week and they have to say something every week. They're actually doing assignments, presentations and then making comments on eqach other's work. And then we're going in as faculty and teacher's assistance and talking about those experiences and what they're thinking about in relation to the concepts they're learning."
On average -- it'll cost hundreds less for the courses, but they're not for the faint of heart. "It's not something for procrastinators. You will fall behind very quickly," he said.
But it's an option that's expected to attract several thousand more students every year to the UofA.
"We're investing in really high quality interactive undergraduate education and fully online environments. We want to be there for students from the day they start to day they end. And we want to make them really feel like a Wildcat," said Del Casino.
To learn more about the new UA Online programs, visit uaonline.arizona.edu.