College notes, June 23

June 22, 2013 

USC’s online education branch starts this fall

The University of South Carolina is launching a new online branch of the university this fall that will allow students to get a bachelor’s degree in one of seven majors.

Palmetto College incorporates all the campuses in the USC system. The university’s four two-year satellite campuses will host the freshman and sophomore level courses, while the four four-year campuses will offer the final two years of study.

USC officials say the Palmetto College program will allow students to enroll at a local two-year campus like USC Sumter or USC Lancaster without having to worry about moving to a four-year campus their junior year. Instead, students will remain at the local campus and take their remaining courses online, an opportunity which the university hopes will boost declining enrollment at the local campuses.

Palmetto College will initially offer bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, human services, liberal studies, organizational leadership and RN-BSN nursing. The university plans to add majors geared toward workplace needs as the program grows.

At $380 per credit hour, tuition for the online program will be less expensive than attending USC’s main campus.

From Staff Reports

New bachelor’s programs approved for USC Upstate

The USC board of trustees approved two new bachelor’s programs for USC Upstate last week.

The first, a major in child development and family studies, will complement an existing early childhood education program and be the only major of its kind among public S.C. colleges, officials said, though similar programs exist at Columbia College and Benedict College.

The second program, a major in theatre, will replace a theater concentration that currently exists as part of Upstate’s communications program. University official said the theater concentration is popular among students and has grown dramatically in recent years.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

USC alumni association board adds 3 members

USC’s My Carolina Alumni Association announced three new members joining its board of governors in July.

Robert Dozier (1990), Julie Horton (1985) and Robin Roberts (1976) will each serve three-year terms.

Established in 1846, the My Carolina Alumni Association is the alumni membership organization of the University of South Carolina.

From Staff Reports

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