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Eastern Oklahoma State College launches five fully online degree programs

7/8/2016

WILBURTON, OK (July 8, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will launch five fully online degree programs beginning with the fall semester in August.

The associate degree programs include general studies, psychology/sociology, criminal justice, business administration, and computer information systems. The programs are already part of Eastern’s curriculum and will be taught by existing professors.

Dr. Janet Wansick, vice president of academic affairs, said the online classes will be ideal for students with work and family obligations.

“Eastern’s fully online degree programs will fill a definite need for many students who want the flexibility of learning from home on their own schedule,” Wansick said. “This will create opportunities for students in Oklahoma and across the nation. It’s about access to an affordable, high quality degree with no time or geographical constraints.”

Eastern received approval from its accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, to offer the five fully online degrees. Wansick said the curriculum met the same rigorous academic standards as traditional face-to-face courses. The admission requirements are also the same for both the online and traditional programs offered by Eastern.

Wansick said Eastern's online courses are evaluated each semester to ensure they meet Quality Matters standards. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to evaluate and certify the quality of online courses and online components. The program has become the national standard to help institutions continuously improve online education.

For several years, Eastern has offered online and hybrid courses that combine online and traditional classroom learning. Wansick said as those courses continued to grow in popularity, college faculty and staff recognized the need to develop fully online programs.

Online students will learn and interact with faculty and their classmates via the Internet and Eastern’s BlackBoard course management system. Students should have reliable Internet access and expect to download course materials, submit assignments, participate in class discussions, work on group projects and take tests online.

“Eastern will offer a structured approach to course offerings and support services to maximize student success. Motivated, full-time students will be able to complete these online degrees in two years,” Wansick said.

Enrollment is now open for the online degree programs and fall classes start Aug. 8. For more information, visit eosc.edu or call 918-465-2361.

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