Friday, August 14, 2009

Communiversity Featured on School Solutions

By Kim Covington - Aug. 13, 2009

Starting in about a week, college students will be able to skip the long commute and go to several community colleges at one site. It's a new, more affordable option to higher education. The Communiversity concept is the first of its kind in the West.

Director of Community Partnership Programs for Rio Salado College Todd Aakhus says, "It's a one stop shop.”

Starting August 24 classes will be offered face to face, online and in the hybrid format which combines the two.

Communiversity allows students to complete everything from a certificate and associate degree to bachelor’s and master’s degrees all in one location.

Students can choose from 40 programs in 6 degree pathways: education, business information systems public safety and liberal arts and health care. Communiversity partners include Western International University, Western Maricopa Education Center will bring in high school students. They will join Rio Salado, Phoenix and Glendale Community Colleges, Ottawa University and the University of Incarnate Word.

Todd Aakhus says, "You have the ultimate variety here. What we've got is affordable accessible flexibility. You can save up to 35% off the entire degree.” They save because students can transfer up to 90 credits to a university.

The video is available HERE.