Arizona colleges seeks to implement low cost bachelors degree program using online learningThe Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) recently announced that university presidents are progressing toward offering lower-cost options for bachelors degree programs for in-state students, according to The University of Arizona's news site.

Currently, the Arizona higher education system has 1,162 bachelors degree pathway programs between the universities and community college. Furthermore, students in select majors can pay up to 50 percent less in tuition than what they would if they completed their four-year program on one of the main campuses of the universities.

Universities are beginning to offer lower tuition options at extended campus sites and through accelerated and online degree program. As a result, approximately 11,000 Arizona students currently take advantage of these options.

"The universities have made tremendous progress on developing new academic delivery models to educate more students at a lower price point in a short period of time," Anne Mariucci, ABOR chairwoman, told the news site.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, enrollment in web-based courses has increased by nearly 1 million students since 2009.

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