Higher education opportunities abound in the Centennial State, but an ever-growing division of college instruction in Colorado is online courses. Whether it’s young students seeking a way to attend school while working, or older adults looking to complete a long-awaited degree, online coursework meets a range of needs and educational desires. The following are three examples of Colorado schools offering opportunities to seek an online bachelor’s degree:

Regis University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 19
  • Fields Offered: Business, Education, Life Science, Social Science, IT, Liberal Arts
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)

Regis University offers online continuing education programs in five- to eight-week accelerated terms. As a member of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU), Regis University provides access to online courses from member schools. Online bachelor’s degree programs are available through Regis University in communication, liberal arts, Irish studies, organization development, accounting, applied psychology, applied science, social science, human resource management, business, business technology management, computer networking, computer science, computer information systems, criminology, education, finance, marketing, and public administration. Through online learning, courses are synchronous, meaning students must participate in course lectures and discussions at a specified time, and assignments are due weekly.

University of Colorado Denver

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 3
  • Fields Offered: English, Nursing, Sociology
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)

The University of Colorado Denver has three online bachelor’s degrees offered asynchronously. Course materials are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and taught by professors who teach on the CU Denver campus. Students may participate in online discussions with their classmates and may contact their professors via email. Materials are provided for all types of learners – video and text for visual learners, audio lectures for auditory learners. The University of Colorado’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model.

Colorado State University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 5
  • Fields Offered: Business, Emergency Services Administration, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)

Colorado State University offers online undergraduate degree programs in agricultural business, human development and family studies, fire and emergency services administration, liberal arts, and psychology. Individual courses are typically 16 weeks long in the fall and spring and vary in length in the summer. Courses use Adobe Connect for curriculum materials and video lectures. Students also participate in discussion board conversations and may contact professors and students via email and through the online office hours. Colorado State’s undergraduate degree completion programs are self-paced.

Higher Education in Colorado

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education approves public degree programs, distributes postsecondary education, develops public postsecondary institution plans, administers financial aid, and sets admissions enrollment policies for the state. Colorado is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a 15-state organization working to improve higher education in the Western United States. Colorado participates in WICHE initiatives related to workforce development, behavioral health, and distance education. For instance, Regis University is a member of the Internet Course Exchange (ICE), a WICHE initiative that sets policies, procedures, and support systems for sharing distance-delivered courses among two- and four-year institutions in member states. Several Colorado colleges and universities also participate in the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), designed to advance practices and policies in technology-enhanced higher education programs.

Colorado higher education comprises 28 public institutions, 103 private accredited and religious exempt institutions, 335 private occupational institutions, and three area technical institutions. Over 250,000 students are enrolled in public institutions in Colorado. Colorado four-year colleges and universities include the Colorado School of Mines, the Colorado State University system, the University of Colorado system, and the University of Northern Colorado. However, most online bachelor’s degree program opportunities are offered through private institutions in Colorado, like Regis University.


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