Mississippi Valley State University

October 30, 2014

Distance Education

2014 Fall Online Courses ( August 25 - December 12, 2014 )

2014 Fall Extended Courses ( August 25 - December 12, 2014 )


 

The Office of Online and Extended Education at Mississippi Valley State University provides credit and non-credit activities, (on and off-campus) for traditional and non-traditional (21 years old and older) students. Non-traditional students are individuals who enroll in higher education for the first time or are returning after a period of separation. Distance Education and Weekend College activities allow participants to work toward an undergraduate or Master’s Degree:

  • upgrade professional and paraprofessional skills

  • document qualifications for licensure or certification

  • give evidence of personal and vocational growth needed to change careers

  • increase chances for employment

  • advance in a present job

  • learn a new skill to keep abreast of advancing knowledge and technology

  • improve the quality of personal life through intellectual stimulation and good health maintenance.

Vocational and technical courses and workshops are offered for which Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be awarded. A CEU represents 10 contact hours of participation in an organized non-credit activity under responsible leadership, capable direction and qualified instruction.

Weekend College at Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University is a regional institution responding to the needs of the mid-Delta region of Mississippi for accessible, relevant and quality undergraduate and programs as graduate as well as public service programs and non-credit activities.

The contemporary world is changing rapidly and continuously, both technologically and environmentally, making it imperative to train and re-train the labor force, allowing it to adapt to new demands. Consistent with the University’s mission of providing education opportunities to the mid-Delta region, the University has established a Weekend College degree program designed specifically for people whose responsibilities such as work, family or other life circumstances make full-time study difficult. This program is also for those people who wish to upgrade their job skills. The program is a compact, intensive and accelerated pace program that enable students to complete a degree under circumstances which would otherwise be impossible. The length of each session is five weeks, meeting Friday evenings for 3 hours and Saturdays for 7 hours. Students receive up to nine credit hours taking only Friday and Saturday courses. Those wishing to take a full 12 hours of instruction are advised to register for 3 credit hours through Evening or E-Course. Since it is an intensive study program, it is imperative that students have a strong commitment to their own professional development.

Program Options

The Weekend College offers programs in a variety of formats to meet the needs of the non-traditional student. They include:

A completed application for admission

An official American College Test (ACT) score or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score

A transcript of secondary school record; if a student wishes to transfer from another college, a transcript from each college or university attended

   *adult students who are at least 21 years old may be admitted without an ACT score

MVSU will allow students to earn up to 30 semester hours of credit by examination from the Advanced Placement Test or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A student with military service may submit the appropriate military documents and receive up to 24 semester hours of credit for military training and experience.

Accelerated Master’s Program

The Accelerated Master’s Program is focused in two areas. The MBA program allows the non-traditional students who hold a Bachelor Degree in Business to complete a Master’s Degree in approximately eighteen (18) months. The Criminal Justice Program allows Liberal Arts majors to complete the Master’s Degree program in approximately eighteen (18) months. Students can complete the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing in twelve (12) months.

MBA for Non-Majors

This program allows the non-traditional student who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than Business to obtain a MBA in approximately two and a half years.

Master’s in Environmental Health

This program allows non-traditional student with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health to complete a Master’s Degree in approximately two years.

Transfer Students

This program is structured to meet the needs of students who have met their core requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree and are ready to begin work toward on of the following majors: Criminal Justice and Industrial Technology. Transfer students may complete a degree in approximately two years.

Core Course Program (CCP)

First time and transfer students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, but have not completed their core curriculum may register in the Core Course Program through the Office of Online and Extended Education. The Core Course Program provides freshman and transfer students who wish to participate in the Weekend College access to services not otherwise available to students attending MVSU on the weekend. CCP staff provides to Weekend College students orientation, advisement, financial aid information and assistance with registration.

Undergraduate Admission Process

Admission to programs offered in the Weekend College must follow the University Admissions Policy for graduate and University programs. MVSU Students can register for the Weekend College Term in-person or online using established University procedures. For students who have not been previously admitted as an undergraduate to the University, the Office of Admissions needs the following documents in order to accept students at MVSU:

A completed application for admission

An official American College Test (ACT) score or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score

A transcript of secondary school record; if a student wishes to transfer from another college, a transcript from each college or university attended adult students who are at least 21 years old may be admitted without an ACT score

MVSU will allow students to earn up to 30 semester hours of credit by examination from the Advanced Placement Test or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A student with military service may submit the appropriate military documents and receive up to 24 semester hours of credit for military training and experience.

Graduate Admission Process

Individuals wishing to gain admission to a graduate program must make application to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Tuition and Financial Aid

MVSU has a program of financial assistance tailored to fit each individual’s need. Financial aid programs include the Pell Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the University Work Aid Program, the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant. The cost for three (3) hours of undergraduate credit is $739.50, and three (3) hours of graduate credit is $1,110.00. Students utilizing grant funds to pay for Winter Term courses are subject to grant limitation as establish in federal and state standards.

Distance Education

Distance Education at Mississippi Valley State University is the delivery of courses away from the main campus. The University operates an off-campus Center where classes are taught in a traditional teaching mode with an instructor being present in each class. The Greenville Higher Education Center is located 40 miles west of the main campus .The University also offers courses in Clarksdale and Marks.

MVSU is committed to offering classes throughout the Delta Community in a manner that meets the needs of its citizens. Courses at these sites are taught by MVSU faculty who possess the same standards and pre-requisites expected of campus based faculty. Hence, these classes follow the same policies and procedures as all classes taught at the main campus.

The Office of Online and Extended Education provides administrative coordination and over-site for two other distance learning programs. They are: Interactive Video, and Online Courses.

Interactive Video Courses: Using compressed video classrooms located on the MVSU main campus, the two Centers and compressed video classrooms located throughout the state and nation, the University is able to expand its credit offerings. Offering courses in this manner allow Distance Education students at various locations to join together when requesting classes. Students can register for and take classes at their home sites which will save time, money and travel.

Online Courses: These are Internet user-friendly courses that allow students to interact with instructor and classmates. Online credit courses are equivalent to their on-campus counterparts and are approved by the appropriate MVSU academic departments.

Credit for Military Service: Mississippi Valley State University, through the Office of Online and Extended Education(OOEE), offers college course credit for military experience and training provided by the armed forces and service schools. The administrative policies and procedures are structured in accordance with governing regulations of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the University. The most current Guide to The Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, is used to convert military training experiences into college course credit.

The goal of this initiative is to assist active military personnel and veterans in their matriculation at Mississippi Valley State University. The objective is to evaluate the military training and experiences of these individuals and recommend their conversion to academic credit. Credit recommendation must be approved by the service member’s department chair and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

For more information concerning Distance Education Programs, please contact: Dr. Kenneth Done, Assistant Vice-President for Online and Extended Education 662-254-3625 , Dr. Sue Lowe, Online Learning Specialist 662-254-3624, Mr. Mack Pendleton, Blackboard Administrator 662-254-3114 and Mrs. Debora Jackson Office Manager 662-254-3913.