Skip to comments.Gator Nation Set to Expand with Full Online Degree
Posted on 09/29/2013 5:51:21 AM PDT by Jacquerie
First-time college students who want to attend the University of Florida but can't make the move to Gainesville won't have to anymore, thanks to a new UF online bachelor's degree program.
The Board of Governors Friday voted to approve the business plan for the online bachelor's program. The business plan contained an 82-page summary of courses and degree programs, student services, tuition and fees, budget, admissions and enrollment projections.
Tuition for in-state students at UF Online will cost 75 percent of the price of on-campus classes, while out-of-state students will pay market rates. UF Online students will also be exempt from on-campus fees.
The number of freshmen enrolling at UF each year has remained steady at about 6,400, but according to UF, the annual number of applicants has skyrocketed by nearly 60 percent to more than 29,000. For that reason, the university has had to turn away thousands of students who meet admissions criteria, because there's just not enough physical space for them.
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Their football team still sucks.
75% of std tuition for all-online? Preposterous.
Our state schools charge 100% for on-line.
Look at the bright side. They can get educated from home-anywhere in the country. That means they can work at the 7-11 and be taxpayers.
Why not just print a degree on cereal box tops and have the sucker...er...student fill out the name and send it in with full tuition payment?
The costs to attend on line should be significantly lower
than in person. Although, when asking my coworkers about
their experiences, i find it to not be the case.
These are engineers seeking an eng. masters degree. The
tuition costs of the courses are more expensive on line.
Their reasoning is that colleges know the employer/company is
likely footing the bill and not the individual and the
college can therefore charge premium rates.
IOW- colleges are charging ‘Corporate Rates’ for on line courses .
I am talking about large state universities in a couple of states in our area with student populations of 30K+
Online degrees aren’t worth the paper they are written on.
I’ve always been interested in education etc. with my kids and am always checking out different trends. On line school caught my attention. Dont know about adult level on line education
success but the younger minds may need to go in person.
here is a cautionary tale from Miss Gimbar:
Things are changing rapidly with online colleges. When the schools no longer differentiate between their degrees, online study is just as valuable as whatever that college degree is worth.
What keeps fees high is the accreditation mechanism. Colleges which threaten the system will be sanctioned.
Not as bad as Kensucky's.
I completed my grad work online. I love the online format. This really is a major aspect to the future of education.
When I went to UF back in the stone age, for my Freshman year, a good number of classes were taped and we would watch the videos of the classes instead of the live ones.
I think this could work for Freshmen, but I don’t like the idea of all four years being done online.
They will have to lower the tuition as many universities have on line degree programs
Hey that Kentucky kicker was fast....LOL
Much like their brick and mortar counterparts, I’m sure there are substandard online degree programs. My grad program through Nova Southeastern University (private Florida school) was extremely rigorous. I was one of the few who made it through. I also had very conservative professors. My theory is that, like conservatives who homeschool and use online education, conservative teachers use this format as well to avoid their liberal peers. That’s one of the reasons I chose the online format. Every meeting is recorded, for example, so if my conservative views were insulted or I received an improper grade I had evidence of why that happened.
He was their leading rusher.....LOL!
Online degrees aren’t recorded lectures replayed at a student’s convenience. The most common platform right now is Blackboard. There are scheduled lecture times that audio and video can both be used. Tools such as Illuminate provide both, as well as a Smartboard that the instructor can use and allow students to use. The programs are integrated with web browsers, Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc., so that a mouse click can pull up a doc or website for all to see. Blackboard allows for students to audio, video, or text chat with each other at anytime. If I wanted to discuss a project with a classmate at 3:30 am I could. All presentations, papers, projects, etc. are uploaded via Blackboard. Students and instructors can post discussion questions or articles and then have responses, which is kind of like we do here on FR. It’s quite effective for many types of degrees.
Regarding the fees, as a student, you should expect the same relationship to the instructor and you classmates, and supporting services, with on-line as with traditional.
Let’s say the required courses in a state school involve large lecture classes, with little if any individual attention, what is actually happening sitting in a lecture hall, doodling, emailing your budding, cruising the internet or otherwise wasting your time, while a professor gives a boring lecture at the front of the room? Then, for the same tuition dollars or even less, you can pretend you’re paying attention to a professor being projected to your laptop, while you sit in your pajamas, unshaven, your hair uncombed and your teeth unbrushed, in your parent’s basement. or in the apartment of your knocked-up girlfriend on welfare. In both cases, you’re sure to flunk out within a year or so. In both cases, your taxpayer-financed Pell Grant or your Daddy Grant is flushed down the toilet, but at least you don’t start off life with a big student loan.
As for the serious and even semi-serious student, I think the choice between an expensive, exclusive private, versus a moderately-priced state school, versus a no-frills but cheap program, can only be decided by the individual involved.
For many courses, there’s really no reason to pay for tuition at all. Learn the subject on your or join a MOOG and then take the associated CLEP test. The main problems with this route, I think, are (1) that students are not self-disciplined enough and need someone to “guide” them through the course, and (2) don’t really know what to study or how to find out what to study, and rely on the faculty collectively in terms of programs of study and individually as instructors.
Speaking as a member of a faculty, some people (in administration) think that adding students via technology is free, as though faculty can fly the plane, maintain the engines, load the luggage, and serve drinks during the flight. Maybe, when you’re flying a 9-seat puddle jumper, but when you’re flying an 80-seat airliner, not to speak of jumbos with hundreds of seats, no, that’s not possible. The instructor will need a crew.
Sad to say, it's true. I taught at the community college level for 27 years. I taught P.E. so attendance was all of it. Some students tried to substitute my class with other P.E. classes. I wanted no part of that because I saw the lackadaisical attitudes of my colleagues.
People buy degrees. I know that. It's cheating. When one cheats one lies and steals. No other way around it. It's wrong; always was; always will be.
Which program did you get your grad degree from, and how much did it cost? I’m considering this.
I completed their secondary social studies education program. It was a wonderful experience; for example, the US government prof told us at the beginning of the first session that public ed as we know it is unconstitutional! It was expensive and cost about $25K, but I needed a program that wasn’t “pay your fee get your degree.” Many of the brick and mortars in Ohio, where I live, are like that since our former governor required all licensed teachers to get masters degrees. Yes he’s a Democrat.
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