February 2, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Officials from the University of Arizona (UA) recently announced that students from Arizona Western College can earn a degree from the four-year school online, according to the school's news site. UA will now offer a bachelors degree in family studies and human development for the college's John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Science. Officials said that the program is a result of an initiative to increase the number of online classes that are available to students who need to complete lower-division courses. In turn, this allowed the school to eliminate waiting lists each semester. has this already happened? tenses are all over the place – please standardize Furthermore, the school has now developed online versions of a few upper-division classes as well as created new ones after a pilot programs last year showed some success. "Creating even one course is a challenge, so an online degree presents many more challenges beyond that," said Soyeon Shim, director of the Norton School, who was quoted on the website. "But once we started, we developed a shared a vision for what it could become." According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning,nearly 30 percent of all college and university students now take at least one web-based course.