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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ACC Online Students Continue to Grow

ACC Online Students Continue to Grow
As the online culture among young people continues to grow, so too does the number of college students earning credit online rather than in class.
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reveals that one in four of all college students take some or all classes over the Internet.
ACC has more than 1,500 students enrolled in online courses in the 2014 spring semester, which is 32 percent of the student body. That is higher than both the state and national average for online students, according to the Department of Education study. The number of students taking classes over the Internet at ACC has more than doubled since 2007.
“Online learning has been a component of ACC’s programs for more than 15 years,” said Dr. Drew Nelson, dean of Academic Programs. “During that time our online offerings have not only gotten bigger, they’ve gotten better. As more and more ‘digital natives’ enrolling at the college, we will continue to enhance our online programming.”
The college offers more than 150 different classes online as well as five Associate Degree programs that can be earned entirely online including General Studies, Psychology, Associate of Arts, Sociology and Management Development.
It’s not just young people who are logging on for their education. Many older students who already have jobs are returning to college to improve their work skills. They too are choosing online classes because they offer a lot of flexibility, said Dena Coots, ACC Distance Education director.
“For our students it’s a convenience,” she said. “Many of them have outside jobs, families and other commitments.”
To better prepare students for the differences of online courses, ACC began an online orientation program in 2013 as part of the accreditation reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
While younger students are used to dealing with emerging technology, working students also perform well.
“Older students really excel in online courses,”  Coots said. “They have the commitment and the drive to see that through.”
The list of online classes grows every semester to meet the demand from students, Coots said.
“We work hard to offer a broad range of courses,” she said. “We also strive to provide quality in our courses.”
Students are also requesting more than just courses online. Some want to complete their education entirely through the Internet.
“They are wanting more online programs,” Coots said. “We’re looking for more to offer them. We are currently developing drafting and paralegal programs which we hope to offer fully online in the near future.”
For more information about ACC’s online offerings, visit or call 281-756-3500.

Campus Events Calendar

«November 2015»

November 9, 2015

The Art Department will host the annual Student Art Show on November 9 at the Fine Arts Gallery. There will be student works on display and for sale including drawings, paintings, ceramics and more. For more information call 281-756-3605.
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November 11, 2015

ACC will host a Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 at 12 p.m. at the Memorial Wall. Following the ceremony there will be a dedication at 12:30 p.m. for the new Veterans Center in G Building.

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November 17, 2015

On November 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ACC will bring representatives from several universities for the annual University Day event. Students will visit with recruiters to get information on how to transfer once they finish at ACC.

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November 19, 2015

The ACC Board of Regents will have their regular meeting on November 19 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3600.
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November 20, 2015

The Foundation’s Gala on November 20 will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Manvel. All proceeds directly benefit ACC students and staff members. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information call 281-756-3600 or speak to Wendy Del Bello.

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11/25/2015 - 11/27/2015

November 25-27, 2015

ACC offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 25-27. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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12/5/2015 - 12/12/2015

December 5-12, 2015

Performances of the Drama Department’s The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) will run from December 5-12. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the ACC Theatre. The December 6 performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at

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