Charleston Southern University will begin offering online programs in 2012According to The Post and Courier, Charleston Southern University will begin offering new online programs beginning next year.

Officials told the news source that the school will be offering a bachelors degree in project management and a masters degree in applied management in the spring 2012 semester.

Furthermore, four-year degrees in healthcare management, hospitality management and not-for-profit management will be offered some time between 2012 and 2014. The school has partnered with Pearson’s Learning Solutions to help develop the online programs. As a result, the company now manages the basic platform and hosts the web-based curricula.

“There is a lot of discussion among a lot of institutions about how to be more aggressive with their online offerings,” Don Kilbrun, chief executive officer of Pearson’s Learning Solutions, told the news source.

Officials added that they are currently working to offer not only more online degree courses, but also certificate programs. The school is planning to partner with specific businesses that require a certification in order to gain employment.

According to the Sloan Survey of Online Learning, approximately 30 percent of all college and university students take at least one web-based course.

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