UA Partnership Creates New Degree Program in Yuma

The UA and Arizona Western College have partnered to provide an accessible and affordable bachelor's degree program to students who live in Yuma County.

Students in Yuma, Ariz. can now complete a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arizona without ever attending the main campus.

The new online option for the bachelor of science in family studies and human development, or FSHD, from the John & Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences marks a major milestone for UA, which, like all land-grant institutions, is charged with improving access to education and building capacity in rural communities.

Students have been able to take UA classes online for years, partially fulfilling degree requirements. And many students currently take a combination of on-campus and online classes or complete some degree requirements at community colleges before transferring to the UA to complete their degrees.

Norton's new program brings together those two fronts in education, beginning with a pilot program recruiting from Arizona Western College in Yuma.

With two years of community college completed, admitted students will be able to earn the UA degree by completing all of their additional requirements – two more years – online.

While individual classes are open to any qualified student, the pilot degree program is available only to students who complete two years required coursework at Arizona Western College. They can begin coursework toward the online degree in the fall 2011 semester.

Faculty for online courses will include the Norton school's Pamela Payne, a research and program specialist, who will be primarily responsible for military-related courses, and James Hunt, who serves as a lecturer.  [Article continued at UANews link below.]


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May 20 2011