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Virginia Wesleyan’s new online learning programs are up and running. After signing a seven-year agreement in January 2017 with The Learning House, a Kentucky-based company, the university’s venture into the online arena quickly took shape. The flexibility of the online programs provides unprecedented levels of convenience for students and the potential for significant enrollment growth at Virginia Wesleyan.

“Though online learning will never replace our residential campus life experience, online options are increasingly valuable as we reach out to new audiences and seek distinctive, affordable and convenient ways for students to take courses.,” said VWU President Scott D. Miller.

Virginia Wesleyan first began offering an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as online bachelor’s degree-completion programs in business, criminal justice, and social science for adult students in the fall 2017.

In addition, a traditionally delivered Master of Arts in Education is now available. This 4+1 program enables Virginia Wesleyan students to complete an undergraduate degree in four years in a content major related to secondary education, and then complete a year of graduate study devoted to preparation for teaching.

Associate Provost and Professor of Biology Maynard Schaus coordinates the University’s online programs.

“The addition of online learning opportunities to our offerings is going very well,” said Schaus. “We will have developed 40 courses for online learning by end of this year, and enrollment in the MBA program has exceeded our expectation, with an enrollment of 67 students. By the end of next year, we will have eight undergraduate degree completion programs ready.”

Schaus added that "environmental studies, comprehensive liberal studies, and Social Science tracks in Psychology and Social Welfare will be ready for the online learning platform beginning in the fall."

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