With state leaders looking to expand online learning in the higher-education system, a major new program at the University of Florida will be ready to start Jan. 1, university President Bernie Machen told lawmakers Wednesday.
The program, dubbed UF Online, will offer fully online, four-year undergraduate degrees to students who might never step foot on the Gainesville campus. It will start in January with five degree programs, but will add two more in September 2014 and is expected to offer 30 degree programs by the 2018-19 academic year — and have as many as 24,000 online students in 10 years, according to a presentation by Machen to the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
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