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2006.11.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

University of Nebraska Now Offering Online Bachelor's Degree

Omaha - Adults who have always wanted to earn a college degree, but couldn't because they didn't live in a college town or they couldn't attend classes during the day, can now earn a bachelor's degree online from the University of Nebraska.

The bachelor's degree is made possible through a joint program being offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).

The new online option of the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) will prepare adults for careers in management, human resources, public relations, marketing and communications. The degree focuses on organizational administration, with major course offerings in business, organizational communication and sociology.

"This is the first completely online bachelor's degree to be offered by our universities," said John Christensen, UNO interim chancellor. "UNO and UNK have collaborated to offer a degree that will meet the needs of many Nebraskans." The first classes will be offered beginning Jan. 8, 2007.

"This is a good program for adults who have delayed or interrupted their college education," said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. "It is also good fit for someone who has an associate's degree and would like to earn a bachelor's degree."

"We feel that people who work, live in rural areas, are in the military or parents with children still in the home will find the online degree program convenient," said B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). UNO's Division of Continuing Studies is within CPACS.

At least five online courses will be offered each semester through UNO and UNK, with UNO being the degree granting institution.

To register for the BGS online program, a student must be at least 21 years of age, have basic computer

literacy, and have access to a computer and the Internet.

For more information, call (402) 554-4833 or go to http://dcs.unomaha.edu/bgsonline.htm  or http://elearn.unk.edu.

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