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Interview: University Alliance Online

The following interview may help you to better decide on a particular online degree provider (or a specific online degree program). We thank Ami Manning of the University Alliance Online for replying to this questionnaire, while we also encourage other online degree providers to contact us if they wish to express their views as well.

QUESTION     What study support systems do you offer your students (videoconferencing, online meetings by chat…)?

ANSWER     With state-of-the-art technology and an advanced learning management system, the University Alliance Online provides online access to the nation's leading regionally accredited universities. Students enjoy a "better than live" experience with course CDs, streaming video lectures, two-way voice-over IP, shared virtual whiteboards, faculty-monitored chat rooms, interactive message boards, email and virtual office hours. World-class university professors transfer their classroom curricula into dynamic online presentations - chatting real time with students and providing them with the same information and degrees as on-campus students. With streaming video lectures, students are able to review materials as many times as needed. All course materials, including textbooks, study guides and CD-ROMs are shipped directly to students.

QUESTION     Apart from tuition and computer equipment, what expenses should a potential student foresee in terms of books, presence lectures, fees, etc.?

ANSWER     Costs vary per degree or certificate program as to books, materials and shipping costs. There are usually no additional fees.

QUESTION     Are get-togethers regularly organized for students wishing to take part?

ANSWER     Online chats and message boards are available to all students, and many students regularly participate in these options, citing them as rewarding experiences.

QUESTION     Do you offer online self-study materials with online correction?

ANSWER     The University Alliance offers a variety of study materials, including textbooks, study guides and CD-ROMs, shipped directly to the students.

QUESTION     What would you suggest students look for when considering an online degree program?

ANSWER     We suggest they look for:

   Leading, regionally accredited university.

   World-class faculty and degree or certificate program.

   State-of-the-art technology, including streaming video lectures.

   Ability to earn the exact same degree as on-campus students.

   24/7 online availability - anytime, anywhere on your own schedule.

   Direct access to professors, via virtual office and email.

   Quality Course CDs, study guides and textbooks.

QUESTION     What is the average hours per week you suggest your students should allocate to study their course.

ANSWER     . It depends on the program/course - some programs have heavier reading and work requirements than others. Possibly, four to six hours per week.

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