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In the news: between Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between Feb.2 and Feb. 9, 2015

KU ramping up online course offerings in liberal arts - Lawrence Journal World 

The University of Kansas' College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is ramping up its online course offerings and has dedicated a new administrative position to the task. Longtime psychology professor Paul Atchley has been appointed CLAS associate dean for online and professional education.

For the first time, starting this fall, students with associate’s degrees will be able to complete coursework entirely online for Bachelor of General Studies degrees through the College. In addition to the degree-completion program, the College is rolling out online courses toward certificates in world business culture and professional communication, aimed at people who are already working but seek more expertise.

Working mothers are a common example of the type of student the CLAS degree-completion program is envisioned to help, Atchley said.

“This is an opportunity for us to really fulfill our mission to serve the students in the state and the region and the nation, really, who wouldn’t have that opportunity otherwise,” Atchley said.

While traditional students could enroll in the online courses, Atchley said it would be important to articulate to them the value of what KU offers “face to face.”

“Students who are lucky enough to come to KU, they should take as much advantage of that as they can,” he said. “But we also have to realize that things have changed ... now more than ever students need that flexibility.”

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