Online BS or MS for $15,000 from U. of Colorado.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Ian Anderson, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    The University of Colorado is creating a new online education system that will offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for a flat $15,000 cost.

    In a decision by the Board of Regents Wednesday, $20 million was approved to allow the university to move forward with the creation of the proposed project.

    Set to launch in 2022, the program targets rural students and those with blue collar jobs for whom access to CU might otherwise be limited. The regent behind the proposal, Steve Ludwig, said there’s an urgent need for this kind of education.

    "In this day and age you shouldn’t have to come to us to get an education we should be able to take it to you through technology," Ludwig said.

    But working out the logistics of a degree at that price might be tricky, Ludwig said. That $15,000 includes tuition, books, fees, and any other expenses.

    “We have to figure out how to scale up in a way that doesn't dilute quality, that people still get a great education,” Ludwig said. “It will take a lot of brainpower to figure that out but I think we're up to the challenge.”

    CU already has a robust presence online according to Ken McConnellogue, the vice president of communications. McConnellogue said CU has 41 degree programs online — 11 more than the university offered 10 years ago. But Ludwig said the number of CU’s online-only students isn’t anywhere near their goal of 6,000. He’s hoping this new program will fix that.

    Another part of the new online system will be a K-12 component. Younger students, most likely in high school, will have the opportunity to take a year’s worth of college classes online to get a jump start on their higher education.

    CU hopes to have one bachelor’s and one master’s degree available for enrollment by 2022 and the K-12 component by 2024.


    As I learn new developments I will post them.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    The University of Colorado system has four campuses and I'm assuming that these programs will be distributed amongst these four. Maybe not. Looking at the system website it's a little difficult to get a comprehensive list of DL degree programs. Here's a page where you can see some of the certs and Masters degrees that are already available

    I haven't checked the current prices but 15K for a BA/BS is a great deal. Thanks for bringing this to us.

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