Lees-McRae ranked no. 14 for affordable online degree programs

December 10, 2014

In December 2014, OnlineColleges.net analyzed online degree programs from across the state. Lees-McRae ranked no. 14 out of 25 in the category “Most Affordable 2-Year Online Programs In North Carolina” accompanied by institutions such as Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, East Carolina University, Campbell University and many others.

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“In an effort to address the concerns of price-conscious students, we recently ranked the most affordable online programs in North Carolina,” said a representative from OnlineColleges.net. “In addition to being affordable, these programs offer the flexibility many students need in order to balance family, work, and academics.”

As of Fall 2014, Lees-McRae offers three online learning programs – RN to BSN, Criminal Justice and Human Services – all of which are two-year degree completion programs. Online students now account for 15 percent of the total Lees-McRae enrollment and 50 percent of off-site enrollment, as of August 2014.

OnlineColleges.net showcased several unique attributes of Lees-McRae’s online degree completion programs such as the availability of a free financial aid assistance program called SALT. This program rewards students for making smart money management decisions, giving students access to money management tools, loan advice, an online training resource for budgeting and access to thousands of jobs and internships.

“At Lees-McRae College we are dedicated to providing superior education at an inexpensive cost,” said Bo Bennett, vice president for extended campus and online learning. “It is an honor for Lees-McRae to be recognized as an affordable online option. The College was founded on the principle of bringing education to the people. We are still grounded in that principle by making college affordable for everyone.”

The inaugural online program, RN to BSN, welcomed its first cohort in Fall 2013. This innovative, modular-based nursing curriculum is for registered nurses who are ready to pursue completion of their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

The second program, Criminal Justice, which debuted in Spring 2014, enables community college graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, or a related field, to continue their education and advance their career with the completion of a BAAS (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences).

The third addition to Lees-McRae’s online offerings, Human Services, began in Fall 2014 and is designed to build upon associate’s level course work, leading to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree. This program will prepare students for careers in various agencies and programs providing direct services to individuals, families or communities.

In addition to online programs, in recent years, Lees-McRae has strengthened its off-site programs to include partnerships with three community colleges – Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, N.C., Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, N.C., and Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C. The three community college sites offer seated and hybrid programs ranging from elementary education to criminal justice and many options in between.

For more information about online learning at Lees-McRae, please contact Bo Bennett, vice president of extended campus and online learning, at bennettb@lmc.edu or 828.898.8747.

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