FHSU Virtual College joins list of approved educational opportunities for soldiers

HAYS, KS -- Military personnel will soon have another educational choice to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees. Soldiers who choose to complete degree programs through Fort Hays State University's Virtual College will be able to take advantage of government tuition assistance beginning with the fall 2000 semester.

Students have several degree options including the bachelor of general studies (BGS) with an emphasis in business, human services, organizational leadership or justice studies. The BGS program allows a student to transfer up to 94 credits from other colleges and universities to complete the 124-hour degree program. Courses are offered through videotape, Internet and CD-ROM. Classes are led by the same high quality professors as the on-campus courses.

According to Dean Cindy Elliott of FHSU's Virtual College, the bachelor of general studies program was created for busy people or those who move frequently, such as military personnel. The BGS allows adults to complete their undergraduate degree by transferring hours from other institutions and to customize their degrees to meet their needs.

"The program is flexible and affordable yet challenging and fast paced," Elliott said, noting that the military is a part of the growing trend of adults using technology to complete degrees that they had started, sometimes decades earlier.

"We are pleased that FHSU will provide a very affordable option for our students in obtaining a degree," said Gordon Farmer, education services officer at Fort Riley. There are more than 2,800 students from around the country currently enrolled in the Virtual College at FHSU.

In addition to undergraduate degrees, FHSU offers a master's program. The master of liberal studies (MLS) is a 31-hour, on-line master's degree which allows students to custom tailor 18 hours with a specialized emphasis. The program requires 10 hours of core classes which focus on how to use technology to learn and solve real world problems.

To find out more about degrees at FHSU, military personnel can visit the on-base educational office or call the office at (785) 239-6481. Civilians can call Fort Hays State University at 1-800-628-FHSU.

People anywhere, soldier or civilian, can visit the Virtual College website at www.fhsu.edu/virtual_college.

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