by Jenni Hodges, Public Relations Writer
In October, Cedarville will launch an online Bible program, the University’s first fully online undergraduate degree program. Andy Runyan, dean of the college of extended learning, said the program is flexible and targets nontraditional students.
In addition to offering all courses online, Runyan said the program has numerous possibilities for transfer courses. The curriculum includes a broad Bible background with many electives, as well as a capstone ministry experience. Courses will be offered in eight-week terms, and students can adjust the suggested sequence to meet their needs. Runyan said the program is also financially competitive, with tuition of $299 per credit hour for the 2013-14 school year. Financial aid is available if a student takes at least six hours.
Runyan said these features offer unique advantages for adult learners, especially those already serving in churches. “It will demonstrate the University’s ability to reach beyond our campus boundaries,” Runyan said.
Many of Cedarville’s Bible and general education courses are already offered online, and Runyan said the University now has the structure to support a fully online program. The degree is offered through the college of extended learning, and Runyan said the college will hire professional advisors to assist students. Online course development is by the University’s center for teaching and learning. The academic enrichment center and writing center will also offer online tutoring to help nontraditional students succeed.
The program’s online format will allow for contributions from experts and seasoned ministry professionals otherwise unable to teach at Cedarville, Runyan said, and courses will emphasize interaction between faculty and students, as well as student collaboration.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.