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University of Texas System Launches Online Completion Program



By Catherine Groux
Posted December 14, 2011 09:47 AM

The University of Texas System is making it easier for adults to turn some college credits into a degree.
The University of Texas System is making it easier for adults to turn some college credits into a degree.
Many individuals across the country have some college credits, but no degree. As the nation strives to improve its overall graduation rate, many schools are searching for ways to make it more convenient and cost-effective for these people to return to college and earn an associate's or bachelor's degree.

Recently, the University of Texas (UT) System launched a new completion path for people who have some college credits and hope to turn them into a degree, The Texas Tribune reports. Using Finsh@UT, individuals (particularly those between the ages of 25 and 35) can use online classes to complete an undergraduate degree.

Currently, three institutions from the university system are participating in Finish@UT, with each school offering a different degree program. At UT-Arlington, individuals can earn a Bachelor of Science in University Studies, while UT-Permian Basin offers a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. Additionally, students can pursue a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree at UT-El Paso, according to the Tribune.

As more working adults seek to earn or finish a degree, online education has become increasingly popular. According to the 2011 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, about 6.1 million students were enrolled in at least one web-based course in the fall 2010 semester.

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