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AU launching online courses and degree programs

Posted by on January 20, 2012

Aurora University plans to start offering online courses in 2012, beginning with classes for current students. Fully online programs will launch in the fall, making it possible to earn an AU degree without stepping foot on campus.

Select general education courses will be offered to current AU students during the second spring, May and summer terms. The courses could help AU students finish their degrees faster and could be particularly useful for undergraduates who can’t stay on campus to take classes during the summer.

Starting in fall 2012, AU will start offering fully online degrees. The first programs will include a special education endorsement, ESL/bilingual endorsement, bachelor’s degree in business, MBA with a marketing emphasis, RN to BSN completion, and bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degrees in communication. Other programs in education, nursing, social work and business will follow. George Williams College will start by offering a doctoral degree in social work and master’s degree in recreation administration as online programs.

“We are building upon our strong programs and trying to reach new markets,” said Jodi Koslow Martin, Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies. “We’re targeting students who recognize our name but need greater flexibility in how they learn.”

All courses will be designed and taught by AU instructors, which means they will be held to the same quality standards as traditional courses, Koslow Martin said.