University College Experiences Record Enrollment Growth
The number of degree-seeking students has increased by 219 percent since the Fall 2010 semester.
Written by Steve Peterson
University College offers four programs leading to bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies, the Bachelor of Science in University Studies, the Bachelor of Arts of General Studies and the brand new Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.
Texas Tech University’s University College is enjoying record growth, with the number of degree-seeking students increasing by 219 percent since the Fall 2010 semester.
The unique degree programs offered by University College, along with the option to take coursework online or at one of Texas Tech’s five regional sites, contribute to the jump in enrollment. The flexibility of University College’s offerings are appealing, not only to on-campus students looking to individualize their degree plan, but also to the non-traditional college student, since courses can be taken in Lubbock, online or at the regional sites.
“With the availability of online courses and resources close to home, I’ve been able to work a full-time, 40-hours-per-week job while getting my degree,” said Kenny Bosher, a Bachelor of Arts in University Studies student from Texas Tech’s Waco site.
Besides Waco, other regional sites include El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes and Junction. Each provides individuals in those respective regions the opportunity to pursue an education at Texas Tech without having to uproot their lives.
Kristl Ferguson, a Bachelor of Science in University Studies student, lives in Fredericksburg and enjoys the convenience of the regional site.
“Living in Fredericksburg, and working full-time make it virtually impossible for me to take courses in San Antonio or Austin and have to make the 60- to 90-minute commute,” she said. “I was very excited to discover a regional site of an accredited and reputable school here in town. I am very grateful that Texas Tech has a presence in Fredericksburg.”
University College offers four programs leading to bachelor’s degrees which include the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies, the Bachelor of Science in University Studies, the Bachelor of Arts of General Studies and the brand new Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.
As of this fall, 1,041 degree-seeking students are enrolled in University College, which is significantly higher than the 475 enrolled at this time last year. The flexibility and personalization of the baccalaureate programs should continue to appeal to future students looking for educational opportunities that can accommodate their individual situations or to students interested in a career in wind energy.
“I highly recommend that anyone looking for a degree – but struggling with either time, money, or both – to explore the opportunities with Texas Tech’s distance education,” said Lenard White, a Bachelor of Science in University Studies student at Texas Tech’s Fredericksburg site. “You’ll be glad you did. I know I am.”
Texas Tech's University College offers more than 30 college distance and off-campus instruction programs, a variety of K-12 distance education options that include a high school diploma track, professional and personal enrichment classes, certificates and short courses.