University of Florida to Begin Offering Online Bachelor's Degrees
Published April 24th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The University of Florida will soon enter uncharted territory when it begins to offer select four-year bachelor's degrees entirely online.
It's a part of the "Career and Educational Protection Act" which was signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday. The law clears the path for UF to create a so-called 'Institute for Online Learning', which will begin offering four-year degrees available entirely online.
The degrees planned to be offered online include business, health education, sports management, environmental management and criminology & law.
The creation of this online degree program is being funded entirely by the state legislature, which will provide $10 million up front to cover the various start-up costs, plus an additional $5 million every year after, all in an effort to open up enrollment to a whole new set of people.
As a result of this move, UF will now directly compete with many well-known private online universities, such as The University of Phoenix. Officials in charge of creating UF's online program believe attaching a more established public university name to an online program will give UF a leg up over the competition.
The goal is to have the online degree program up and running by January 2014.
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