The University of North Carolina at Pembroke prides itself on its effective teaching and learning environment in the classroom.
Beginning this fall, UNCP will take its show on the road when it begins offering two degree programs completely on the Internet. Beginning, the university will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master's Degree in Public Management (MPM).
University officials believe they have several key advantages in the growing on-line marketplace for education.
"We have made on-line education very affordable for our students," said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. "Every year, our students rate UNCP number one in the UNC system for teaching effectiveness, and we will offer the same high level of service to our students on this new platform."
The MPM program can be completed in approximately three years or less for $650 per course (for in-state students) for the required 13 courses. This master's degree program is designed for managers in the public and non-profit sector who are seeking a career lift.
The university's strong ties to North Carolina's community college system is another advantage for the business degree.
The B.S. degree is in Business Administration is designed as the third and fourth year for students who have completed the required prerequisites at North Carolina community colleges. Interested students should check with School of Business at 910-521-6214 for the admission requirements.
The cost per course is $129 plus a $15 technology fee for in state students. The degree will take most students about three years to complete online.
"I believe we are well positioned in this exciting new area of education," Chancellor Meadors said. "This is how we can best serve a growing population of students."
Warren McDonald, UNCP's director of Continuing and Distance Education, said it is a timely move for the university.
"The market in on-line education is growing every day," Mr. McDonald said. "This is a market-driven initiative backed by an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution.
Students will never have to leave home to get either degree, Mr. McDonald said.
"Everything can be done by phone and Internet from the application to the final exam," he said.
Mr. McDonald is an old hand at on-line education. He has received two master's degrees, several certifications and is currently working on a Ph.D. online.
"On-line education is very effective and very engaging between student, professor and between classmates who may live at different ends of North Carolina," he said.
Dr. Richard Bothel, who is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Outreach, said the new programs are needed.
"There is a great need for continuing education that is flexible and affordable for non-traditional student who are older and already established in careers," Dr. Bothel said. "Getting a degree online is a very efficient way to leverage up a career."
Information about the programs may be obtained by calling the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 910.521.6367.