For students looking to earn their bachelor’s degree online in Texas, they are in luck. The state is focusing more of its resources on online learning, even going so far as to expand it to students at the high school and elementary school levels. Students are able to actively pursue and work towards higher education degrees earlier in life, making the process smoother and more efficient overall. Big name schools across Texas are getting in on the act, expanding their online catalogs and course offerings each semester. Here’s a look at a few:

The University of Texas System

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 10
  • Fields Offered: Health, Technology, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Thousands of students access the University of Texas System Online Consortium in hopes of earning their bachelor’s degree online each semester. Since a majority of the coursework can be completed online, the school system has electronic resources in place for its students. From librarian chat services to UT writing labs, there are a myriad of options available to help students succeed in their educational endeavors. Courses are offered through the school’s many branches across the state, from Arlington to Brownsville. In addition, students have a wide selection when it comes to content. Classes cover a range of topics, including petroleum, politics, and psychology, just to name a few. Online students are also eligible for career services help should they need it.

University of North Texas

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 2
  • Fields Offered: Technology, Arts and Sciences
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

The University of North Texas’s offers various degrees and certificates online, covering subjects like anthropology, merchandising, and more. Video conferences, Blackboard pages, and other programs are a big part of their online courses, which are designed for maximum convenience and effectiveness. With online education, students often worry what to do and who to contact should they have a technical or administrative issue. Realizing this need, the school has put together a handy guide of contacts and links to help students get the help they need ó no matter where they happen to be.

Texas Tech University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 7
  • Fields Offered: Interdisciplinary Studies, Education, Horticulture, Healthcare
  • Accreditor: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Texas Tech University uses a three-pronged approach to its distance education programs that extend from undergrad minors to doctoral degrees: online, hybrid/blended, and regional classroom locations. At the baccalaureate level, four programs are offered primarily or entirely online: general studies, horticultural and turfgrass sciences, teacher education, and university studies. The teacher education program is a completion program made possible through a partnership with Dallas County Community College District, in which students first complete 66 credit hours at the community college level. Another three online bachelor’s degrees ó clinical services management, clinical laboratory science, and RN to BSN ó are offered by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Tech offers its online students online training courses that are interactive and self-paced and can be accessed by the eRaider account student’s receive upon enrolling. It also makes available Blackboard tutorials and tips for help with its virtual classroom management system, which are also accessed with eRaider account info.

Higher Education in Texas

Being the second largest state in the country, it’s no surprise that Texas has lots of options when it comes to higher education. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, there were 1.34 million college students enrolled as of Fall 2011, proving just how many people are affected by the state’s educational policies. Six of the top 100 schools in the U.S. News & World Report list of the best national universities are located in the Lone Star State.

In an effort to stay at the forefront of the education industry, Texas schools and business are heading up several education initiatives, with many of them focusing on online courses, the new frontier of learning. As technology continues to expand, so too do these educational offerings. For example, Grad TX was created in 2011 to offer online and hybrid degree completion courses to adults who “stopped out” off college. The legislature created the Texas Virtual School Network in 2007 to provide students in the state with high-quality online courses.

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