UA online graduates reach all-time high, new programs coming in fall

Chris Lorch and Lee Ann Danner, two doctoral graduates in the Adult and Lifelong Learning online program / Photo: Kay Murphy

University of Arkansas online graduates reached an all-time high of 357 students last month, and the trend is expected to continue after nine new online programs launch this fall.

The number of students who graduated from online degree programs represents a 78.5% increase from the 200 online graduates 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 new online programs to be offered this fall 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
  • Graduate certificate in Musical Education for Special Needs Students
  • Graduate certificate in Lean Six Sigma
  • Graduate certificate in Homeland Security
  • Graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Graduate certificate in Curriculum/Program Administrator
  • Graduate certificate in Nursing Educator

The UA online website currently includes over 40 degree and certificate programs.