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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 www.alvincollege.edu or call 281-756-3500.

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9/9/2014

September 9, 2014

The Office of Student Activities will host an informational session on September 9 at 12:30 p.m. on its upcoming program called Dolphins Lead, which will teach students leadership skills. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/10/2014

September 10, 2014

The ACC Student Government Association will have its first meeting of the school year on September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/11/2014

September 11, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/13/2014

September 13, 2014

Area students will be treated to a free lunch along with guest speakers that will share tips on becoming effective leaders at the annual Student Leadership Conference on September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Andy Stoll. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/15/2014

September 15, 2014

The Texas Gulf Coast Blood Center will host a blood drive on September 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Room. The drive is open to all donors in the community. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/17/2014

September 17, 2014

Students will learn about the legislative process during the annual Constitution Day event on September 17 at 11 a.m. in the Texas Room. For more information call 281-756-3688.

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9/22/2014

September 22, 2014

Registration for the second, eight-week fall mini semester will open on September 22 and close on October 16. Classes will begin on October 20. For more information call 281-756-3500.

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9/25/2014

September 25, 2014

The ACC Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on September 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. Call 281-756-3500 for more information.

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9/29/2014

September 29, 2014

The Fine Arts Gallery will host an exhibit of the works of William Jones from September 29 to October 24. There will be a reception on October 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery. For more information call 281-756-3605.

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10/1/2014

October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association will have its monthly meeting on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Texas Room. Call 281-756-3686 for more information.

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