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Chesapeake College launches all-online programs

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College is launching its first fully online degree programs in time for the Fall 2008 semester.

The college will be offering Business Administration and Liberal Arts and Sciences degrees in fully online versions for both full- and part-time students, according to college administrators. Full-time students will be able to complete a degree in two years and part-time students will be able to finish in four years or less.

Online tech support and academic support will be available to all program participants, who will also have a priority registration period before registration is open to the general public for course sections designated as part of either program.

"Students will be able to see at the very start of the program what courses they will take each semester," said Dr. Kathryn Barbour, vice president for academic services. "All of these courses are guaranteed to run. The goal is to provide students with a clear road map showing how they will move through the program."

Students must have completed all of their developmental requirements in order to be admitted to either online program, said Dr. Barbour. In addition, students who "stop out" at any point of the program will have to pick up the courses they miss in order to complete their degree requirements in either the two- or four-year cycle.

An online academic advisor will be assigned to the program to assist students with academic issues. The advisor will help students develop an academic plan and schedule classes, be available to offer transfer advising information, and have "online office hours" during which students can be assured of quick assistance with any advising issues that may arise.

"While these will be online programs, students still want to have a connection with a person at the college," said Dr. Richard Midcap, vice president for student success and enrollment services. "We feel the online advisor will provide that personal connection." The personal connection has been key for students who have taken online courses at Chesapeake in the past.

"I first enrolled in an online course here because of the convenience. You have to be disciplined and manage your time well, but the Chesapeake staff is there to help in any way," said Kathy Smith, a Centreville resident who has taken five online courses at Chesapeake College.

"Both the faculty and staff are very responsive and helpful. They make online learning easy here," added Smith. "I think online education is the future. The convenient format allows students to juggle work and family responsibilities, without sacrificing any of the instruction. I can do my class work anywhere and any time."

While the program will be online, participants will be brought to the college´s Wye Mills campus for a June 25th online program orientation. That will be an opportunity for students to take advantage of a "one-stop shop" where they can complete all the steps necessary to be admitted to the program.

The orientation will include the college´s Academic Skills Assessment and an assessment of students´ readiness for online education. An overview of online learning, and available online support services, advising and registration for the fall semester, an online learning tutorial and bookstore availability will all be part of the orientation.

Students who have not completed the Academic Skills Assessment and the READI online education assessment will be able to do so on June 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The online program orientation begins at 5 p.m.

Students interested in learning more about the online programs in Business Administration and Liberal Arts and Sciences may log on to www.chesapeake.edu/online or call Cynthia France at (410) 822-5400, 758-1537, 228-4360, ext. 241.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Tuesday, June 3 – Chesapeake College online program information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Caroline County Library, Denton Branch.

Wednesday, June 4 – Chesapeake College online program information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kent County Public Library, Chestertown Branch.

Tuesday, June 10 – Chesapeake College online program information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Queen Anne´s County Library, Stevensville Branch.

Wednesday, June 11 – Chesapeake College online program information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center

Thursday, June 12 – Chesapeake College online program information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Talbot County Free Library, Easton Branch.

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