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Interview: Steve Cole, Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas

Steve Cole, Division Chair, Adult, Continuing & Distance Education for Cossatot Community College - University of Arkansas joins us today to discuss distance education.

Tell us about the distance learning programs offered at Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas.

CCCUA currently offers four fully online degree programs:

Associate of Arts
Associate of General Studies (The first online degree in the state of Arkansas)
Associate of Applied Science - Business Management
Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assisting

What is the typical duration of each of your programs?

Two to two and a half years to complete.

What would you say makes Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas programs different and better than other comparable online programs?

Because of the attention to detail and built-in quality. For one, all programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and other major-specific accrediting bodies. Another reason is all of our courses and instructors have to go through a course review and course observation to ensure quality. And our programs are supported by an online tutoring center.

How important would you say accreditation is when choosing an online
college?

100% a must!

There is some debate as to whether or not online degrees are as worthwhile as traditional degrees. What steps does Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas take to ensure that online students are receiving the same education that they'd receive in a classroom?

Same course syllabii as the traditional courses. Review and observation comparable to traditional courses. Same tutoring and library resources available as traditional courses.

What would you say are some of the benefits of earning a degree online rather than in a traditional classroom?

Flexibility is number one.
Cost-saving is another.

If a student enrolled in one of your programs was interested in finding an internship in their field in their area, do you have any means of assisting them in acquiring an internship position?

No, not at present time.

Does Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas offer any job placement services to your students and graduates?

Yes. In fact we just hired a new placement officer.

Is financial aid available to students in your programs?

Absolutely. Scholarships too! Especially for online students.

What do you enjoy most about your position at Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas?

The ability to formulate policy that can HELP students succeed.

To Request more information about the distance learning programs available through Cossatot Community College-University of Arkansas, Go here to visit them online.

Thank you Steve, for sharing and participating in this piece for Online Degrees 2.0

That concludes our interview!

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