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May 15, 2019

Online Degree Programs Increase Accessibility

Sponsored Content provided by Aswani Volety - Dean, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences

U.S. News & World Report recently recognized UNCW for excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university is ranked 8th in the nation on the publication’s list of 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and has five graduate programs represented on its list of Best Graduate Schools in 2019. 

In addition to this national recognition, UNCW was elevated to the designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education last year.

The university is meeting the needs of students at all stages in their academic careers, including both traditional students and working professionals, by offering flexible delivery methods and innovative programming.

Access to high quality, affordable education is one of UNCW’s highest priorities. Accessibility can make all the difference in deciding to pursue a degree at any level and seeing a program through to completion. Online degree programs offer convenience and flexibility that often make them the best solution for some students.

UNCW’s undergraduate and graduate online programs receive the same accreditation as on-campus programs, and the same exceptional faculty teach the courses. Some programs are entirely online, with no on-campus meetings, while hybrid courses have some face-to-face hours and include an on-campus component. Flexible delivery formats make earning a degree a reality for students that cannot accommodate a traditional class schedule or live outside of our area.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers three online undergraduate programs and three online graduate programs. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in criminology, interdisciplinary studies and international studies, as well as master’s degrees in a chemistry, liberal studies and history. The criminology, liberal studies and history programs have all received national recognition in the past year.

UNCW’s online programming offers students an alternative educational path that will make them more competitive in today’s job market. Our community also benefits from a strong workforce of employees with specialized skills and diverse educational experiences.  

For more information about online education, contact the Office of Distance Education. For a full list of graduate and doctoral programs in the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences, visit the college’s website.
 
Aswani Volety, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington,  Executive Director of the UNCW Center for Marine Science, and a professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology. Volety earned a Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William & Mary, and a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Andhra University. The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing over 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately three quarters of the university’s academic credits. Volety serves as the chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of the college, which is responsible for educating students across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. Volety is also past president of the Southern Association of Marine Labs.To learn more about the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences, visit www.uncw.edu/cas. Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected].  

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