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[College of Continuing Studies]
DIVISION OF ACADEMIC OUTREACH
The Division of Academic Outreach accommodates distance and adult learners through a variety of programs. Evening, weekend, distance, and off-campus programs serve students who are limited by time, geography, work schedules, or personal obligations. Distance courses and degrees are available through the Internet, written correspondence, videotape, and videoconferencing, and degree completion programs are offered in the evening and on weekends. In addition, Academic Outreach facilitates a number of off-campus programs.
For more information on these programs, please write to The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Academic Outreach, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388. You may also call (205) 348-0089 or toll free 1-800-452-5971, fax (205) 348-0249, or e-mail email@example.com. Please visit our website (http://academicoutreach.ua.edu).
Academic Outreach delivers high school and college courses over the Internet directly to the student's computer. Students are instructed through a secured Internet site, and they interact with their professors and complete lessons via e-mail. Online courses accommodate the educational needs of individuals who have access to and experience with a computer and the Internet.
Through Independent Study, high school and college students may select their hours of study and work at their own pace to complete courses through written correspondence. These courses provide students the flexibility they need to attain professional, academic, and personal goals.
With certain stipulations (detailed in the Independent Study catalog), the undergraduate courses may be used to complete a maximum of 25 percent of the work leading to the bachelor's degree. Nine of the last 18 hours required for a degree may be taken by written correspondence, provided that all residence requirements have been met.
External Degree (EXD) Program
The External Degree Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential programs. Previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work, and demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies.
The EXD program is intended to serve adult students whose opportunities to use currently available educational resources may be limited. Applicants must have high-school diplomas or minimum General Education Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50, be 25 years of age or older, and have educational goals attainable through the program. Applicants need not be Alabama residents.
For more information or to obtain a catalog and application, please call 1-800-452-5971 or visit the website (http://exd.ua.edu).
For specific EXD Program curriculum requirements, please refer to the College of Arts and Sciences New College section in this catalog (p. 102).
Academic Outreach delivers undergraduate and graduate courses via videotape to students who cannot attend classes on campus. Courses are filmed as they occur, and videotapes are mailed to students the same week. Students complete the same course requirements as on-campus students and take proctored exams at convenient sites. Students choosing this program may enroll in engineering, social work, computer science, education, and human environmental sciences courses. Videocourses are entered on a University of Alabama transcript and are fully accredited toward degree programs.
The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a network of conference rooms connected to a statewide videoconferencing network. Approximately 30 sites throughout Alabama are equipped with cameras, monitors, and other devices that allow teachers and students to interact as if they were in the same room. Presenters use traditional visuals, such as slides, overheads, and videotape as well as digital options unique to IITS. Anyone using IITS can offer two-way interactive classes or meetings at all locations. Courses are offered in education, engineering, math, science, communication, law, library studies, foreign language, and other disciplines.
Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, Weekend College offers a number of courses in the fall, spring, and summer on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Scheduling weekend classes is especially convenient for part-time students who would like to pursue academic studies while working.
All Weekend College courses are approved by the appropriate department chairpersons and academic deans and are taught by UA faculty members. Weekend College students are admitted through regular University admission procedures and have full use of UA's educational resources and services.
Gadsden Education and Research Center
Established in 1946, The University of Alabama's Gadsden Education and Research Center is an off-campus program serving residents of Northeast Alabama. The center offers graduate coursework for credit, noncredit programs for professional development, and test services as well as serving as a liaison to the University's main campus.
Currently the center offers more than 25 complete graduate degree or certification programs in education, including master's degree, Ed.S. degree, class A, and class AA certification programs. You can also complete a bachelor's degree in human environmental sciences with a concentration in general studies or family financial planning and counseling.
For more information, please call (256) 456-2886 or 1-888-223-4131 or visit our website (http://www.gadsden.ua.edu).
The Evening Program offers classes at times convenient for working adults. Students unable to continue their education in the traditional format (day classes) may complete degrees in business, geography, and criminal justice through this program. Many other courses from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the College of Human Environmental Sciences, and the School of Social Work are offered after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Adult Students Services
The Division of Academic Outreach provides a University-wide point of entry for adult students returning to campus or entering the University for the first time. The division provides the services listed below to meet the particular needs of adult students, the most rapidly growing portion of the student population. Through Academic Outreach students can
- initiate the admission process
- learn about financial aid, work-study, guaranteed students loans, and available scholarships
- attend the Returning Adult Students Seminar, where various offices on campus present services available to students
- be referred to appropriate offices at the University for additional assistance with individual needs
- attend special registration periods
- receive assistance with childcare referrals
- receive assistance with academic advising and schedule building
Academic Outreach offers several scholarships for adult students each academic year. Applications are generally available in the fall semester at http://aps.ua.edu, and the deadline is usually in early January. The following scholarships are awarded to adult students enrolled in Academic Outreach courses:
- Alabama Natural Gas Association Scholarship
Child Development Associate Training Program
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program offers educational and training opportunities to preschool teachers. Theory and its application to the child-care environment are the foundation for the undergraduate credit courses that lead to assessment for the CDA credential. This federal credential is required of all Head Start teachers and many others who care for preschool children.
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