UF to offer online degree programs

By on April 23rd, 2013

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill that will let the University of Florida offer bachelor’s degrees entirely online.

Still, some wonder how online education compares to the typical college experience.

The Career and Professional Education Act provides UF with $10 million to set up an online learning institute by next January.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes says a handful of degrees the university already offers will be available online, including criminology and law, health affairs, sports management, environmental management and business.

“The standards for a student to enroll in the University of Florida will remain the same,” Sikes said.

In terms of cost, an online degree from UF will be less expensive than the traditional approach of taking classes on campus.

Online classes will cost 75 percent of current tuition costs, Sikes said.

Some currently enrolled students expressed concerns because of their experiences with online classes.

“For me, I can’t concentrate as well,” said Matthew Clonts, a UF sophomore. “I can’t focus as well knowing that it’s just online and not in a classroom.”

Kathleen Lew, a UF sophomore, is concerned about the social aspect of online degrees.

“I think it would be beneficial, but I don’t think you would gain as much as you would get here because you lack communication skills and the social skills you need everyday in the workforce,” she said.

The university says the goal of the program is to give more students in Florida the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree. UF plans to add more degrees to the online list after the program begins in January.

Cassandra Ganter wrote this story online.

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  • annaavasmith

    earning an online degree is going to the the preferred option in the future.. it is more flexible so students can work at the same time and earn some income, but it is also usually cheaper than a campus college.. and you get a lot of saved time because you just have log in to get to class.. so i think it is great that UF will offer this.. it is not demanding that people do it, but a lot of people want this option.. and it is time they catch up.. look at how many Online Health Degrees there are at eLearners – http://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/health-administration.htm and you may not think about this degree, but even many options for Online Sports Management Degrees -http://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/health-administration.htm


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