University of Arkansas Distance Learning

The “flagship” of the University of Arkansas system is in Fayetteville, the largest and most prestigious of the UA schools. Founded in 1871 as Arkansas Industrial University, it has evolved to become not only a nationally renowned research university, but has grown to offer both undergrad and graduate degrees programs for learners both in Arkansas and around the globe.

Currently enrolling over 21,000 students (almost 4,000 postgraduates among them), the 345 acre Fayetteville campus contains 14 degree granting schools/colleges, with a grand total of around 130 buildings including an on campus hotel and restaurant (The Inn at Carnall Hall). There are 200+ degree programs ranging from Bachelor to PhD offered from the main campus alone, as there are also numerous branch campuses offering night/weekend classes for credit and degree (11 total, including Little Rock and Fort Smith), as well as UAF sponsored two year colleges in another 5 areas of Arkansas (with numerous more Associate and certificate programs offered). With programs too numerous to enumerate, popular programs of study include business, agriculture, and architecture.

The University of Arkansas feels that its “educational experience is worth sharing with the world”, so Fayetteville is home to UA Global Campus, distributing distance learning “anywhere in Arkansas and around the world”. There are numerous online degree programs for graduate students, as well as Bachelor programs and licensure/certifications, with methods ranging from compressed interactive videos to completely web-based courses.

For undergrad distance learners, there are just two B.S. in Education offered in Human Resource Development and Elementary Education. For graduate students, who may already be working professionals with more time constraints than undergrads, there are 20 online Master and doctoral degree programs with options ranging from a Managerial MBA to a MS in Nursing. Online graduate programs are also heavy in the area of education, with 2 Educational Specialist degrees, another 2 Education PhD programs, and 6 different Master of Education tracts for both school based (Elementary Education, Special Education) and workforce occupations (Workforce Development Education).The Global Campus also offers 5 certifications (though only one educational, a Special Education licensing course), including graduate certificates in Gerontology and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The PBS TeacherLine program also uses UAF to offer graduate-level online courses (around 8) that can be taken for 2-3 graduate credit hours.

Distance learning is also available from the Rogers, with several courses offered at odd times in blended formats. Global Campus also organizes and distributes UAF’s online class offerings, whether for independent study work towards graduation or for personal/professional  enrichment. Numerous self-improvement, non-credit online offerings and links are on UAF’s Global Campus site, including JER University (offering over 1000 courses and certificates), Education to Go (online UAF classes for the intellectually curious, charging per course and offering completely online topics ranging from Creative Writing to Veterinary Assistance courses, with some certifications offered), and even web-based Spanish language training courses.

UAF is a renaissance school of the South, with a wide range of educational offerings and delivery methods, as well as start up programs for high schoolers, Lifelong Learning for seniors, and numerous intern and study abroad opportunities, though there are just as many experiential educational opportunities at home. A top notch SEC sports program for traditional learners to root for combined with a high level of research, including both faculty and student led projects, gives UA Fayetteville the right to be called a “flagship” school.

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