Online Learning Update

September 13, 2017

Online university seeks students; UA System’s eVersity reaching Arkansans without degrees

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Aziza Musa, Arkansas Online

As of late, Michael Moore is measuring progress in what has been his main task for the past four years: building a stand-alone, online-only university for the system. That school, eVersity, first opened to students in September 2015, taking aim at the state’s estimated 213,987 adult learners who started college but never finished and promising them accessibility and affordability. Now — two years in — Moore said he would give everything but enrollment an A grade. Enrollment — on which eVersity will soon rely exclusively for revenue — remains its biggest challenge and would earn a B-minus, he said, adding that the university has about 650 students, just short of the university’s anticipated mark of 1,000. “We’re a few months behind that,” he said. “One of the lessons we learned early on that I think caught all of us off guard was that so many of our students are bringing to us so many credit hours that what we needed early on in the first few months were more upper-division courses, and we played a little catch-up trying to get those upper-division courses.”

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