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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

«October 2015»

October 3, 2015

ACC will host its annual Student Leadership Conference on October 3 at the Nolan Ryan Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information 281-756-3686.
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October 7, 2015

ACC will host the Dolphin Wing Fling to teach students about the dangers of drinking and driving on October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the Student Center.
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October 8, 2015

Registration for the second mini semester for fall will end on October 8. For more information call 281-756-3500 or visit
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10/10/2015 - 10/17/2015

October 10-17, 2015

Drama productions of Getting Sara Married will run from October 10-17 at the ACC Theatre. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance on October 11. For more information or to purchase tickets visit:
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October 15, 2015

Free screenings, flu shots and healthcare information will be made available to the public during the Fall Fitness Fair on October 15 in the Science/Health Science Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 281-756-5660.
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October 24, 2015

ACC will host its 40th Annual Fall Festival and Zombie 5k Fun Run on October 24 on the college campus from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to sponsor a booth, call 281-756-3600.
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