UAPB tests online-only classes in 2nd summer session


In a test of its ability to offer online-only degrees at a later date the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering courses in its second summer session exclusively in an online format.

“As the university moves into more online course offerings and programs, this summer session will be used as a pilot program for delivery using this platform,” said Mary E. Benjamin, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Interim Chancellor Calvin Johnson has been pushing for a greater online presence by the university during his one year tenure as UAPB leader.

“It is important that we adapt to the needs of students by offering an affordable solution to education,” Johnson said. “This will allow flexible, convenient access to university resources during the summer and help students move toward their goal of obtaining a college degree.”

Available classes include those in the core curriculum as well as courses needed to continue in major fields of study.

Public Information Director Tisha Arnold said that the online course offerings are viewed as an example of UAPB meeting the educational requirements of contemporary students.

“This is the way things are going so we have to keep up with the trend,” Arnold said.

Arnold said that a desire by the university to save money was not a factor in the decision to augment the school’s online courses.

“The university does not currently have a full degree program online and the online summer school courses will help with troubleshooting issues,” Arnold said.

The second summer session runs from July 8 until Aug. 9 and courses will be offered via Blackboard at www.uapb.edu.