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CBC to offer online associates degree
by Scott Reese Willey
Nov 20, 2009 | 989 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County residents will soon be able to earn an associate’s degree from Coastal Bend College without ever setting foot in a classroom.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has given CBC the green light to offer a complete degree program online.

College officials hope to begin offering the online degree program next fall.

College President Dr. Thomas Baynum shared the good news with trustees during their regular board meeting Thursday.

He said the college has offered Internet courses in the past and only needed to expand its offerings by another two or three courses in order to be able to offer all the courses a student would need to earn a generic online associate degree.

The online degree is ideal for students who want to complete their core college coursework at a community college before transferring to an upper-level university to earn their bachelor’s degree.

CBC trustees approved the Internet degree program last year but needed approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.

In other action Thursday, trustees agreed to raise the cost of tuition for continuing education courses by an additional $5.

The new rate will increase the base tuition of continuing education courses from $40 to $45 per contact hour for up to 12 contact hours — or clock hours.

However, students who need to attend continuing education classes beyond 12 contact hours will pay less of a rate increase.

Glynis Strause, director of the college’s continuing education program, said the college has not increase tuition for continuing education since 2006. That increase went to pay raises for instructors and went into effect in 2007.

She said this latest rate increase is needed to pay for instructors.

Strause said few students will need more than 160 contact hours to earn a certificate.

CBC offers a wide variety of continuing education courses, some of which are customized for specific employers or industries, and others for non-certificate fields, such as painting, music or cooking.

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