The University of Alabama recognizes that its resources can help individuals meet the challenges of their changing lives. Through the College of Continuing Studies, the University extends academic resources throughout Alabama, the Southeast, and beyond. The College is committed to delivering educational opportunities through online degree programs, evening and weekend programs, distance programs, the Gadsden Center, professional development courses, and a variety of professional workshops, seminars, and institutes.
Division of Academic Outreach
More than ever before, students are choosing distance education to pursue their college degrees. The Division of Academic Outreach strives to facilitate University degree programs to adult learners who are limited by time, geography, work schedules or personal obligations. Students may choose from formats that will fit their schedules and learning styles such as online, interactive video conferencing, weekend classes, or online video-streamed classes. All degrees are conferred by the appropriate academic college.
For more information on these programs, write to The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Academic Outreach, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388. You may also call 205-348-0089 or toll free 800-467-0227, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Bama by Distance website for more information.
Academic Outreach delivers courses online. Students are instructed through a secure Internet site, where they interact with their professors and other classmates online.
Academic Outreach delivers undergraduate and graduate courses via online video streaming to students who cannot attend classes on campus. Lectures are recorded as they occur and streamed via the internet the same day. Students complete the same course requirements as on-campus students and take proctored exams at convenient sites. Video courses are offered in the College of Engineering.
New College Life Track
The New College LifeTrack (NCLT) program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential programs. Previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work and demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree in interdisciplinary studies.
The NCLT program is intended to serve adult students whose opportunities to use currently available educational resources may be limited. Applicants must have high school diplomas or minimum General Education Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50, be 25 years of age or older and have educational goals attainable through the program. Applicants need not be Alabama residents. The degree is awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences.
For more information or to obtain a catalog and application, please call 800-452-5971 or visit LearnOn.ua.edu. For specific NCLT curriculum requirements, please refer to the College of Arts and Sciences New College section of this catalog.
Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS)
The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a network of conference rooms connected to a statewide videoconferencing network. Sites throughout Alabama are equipped with cameras, monitors and other devices that allow teachers and students to interact as if they were in the same room. Presenters use traditional visuals, such as PowerPoint presentations, overheads and videotape/DVD, as well as digital options unique to IITS.
Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, Weekend College offers a number of courses in the fall, spring and summer semesters on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Scheduling weekend classes is especially convenient for part-time students who would like to pursue academic studies while working.
Gadsden Education and Research Center
Established in 1946, The University of Alabama's Gadsden Education and Research Center is an off-campus program serving residents of northeast Alabama. The center offers graduate coursework for credit, noncredit programs for professional development and test services, as well as serving as a liaison to the University's main campus.
Currently the center offers six complete graduate degrees in education, including a master's degree leading to Class A certification, an educational specialists degree leading to Class AA certification and doctoral programs. Graduate-level courses in library studies are also available through a degree program offered by the College of Communication and Information Sciences. For more information, please call (256) 546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131, or visit gadsden.ua.edu.
The Evening Program offers classes at times convenient for working adults. Students unable to continue their education in the traditional format (day classes) may complete degrees in business, geography and criminal justice through this program. Many other courses from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Culverhouse College of Business, the College of Communication and Information Sciences, the College of Human Environmental Sciences and the School of Social Work are offered after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Bama By Distance Student Services
Bama By Distance Student Services provides a University wide point of entry for students returning to campus or entering the University for the first time that wish to complete their degree via distance. Services provided include:
- assisting prospective, current, and returning students with the application process for admission into a distance learning program
- providing an online orientation for all distance students
- administrating test proctoring services for distance students (virtual, off-campus, and in our on campus testing services office)
- overseeing all College of Continuing Studies scholarships and grants for distance students
- serving as a point of contact for all military students with questions regarding distance degree programs, tuition assistance, and military benefits
Required Disclosure Statements
Distance education programs are exempt from authorization requirements in the state of Alaska under AS 14.48
The University of Alabama is not under the purview of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.
District of Columbia
Education Licensure Commission of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C. granted The University of Alabama required conditional exemption to offer its programs to residents of the District.
The University of Alabama is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Institutions Act of 1990
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The University of Alabama is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
The University of Alabama is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
The University of Alabama is licensed to provide experiential training in Nevada.
The University of Alabama is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
The University of Alabama is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes The University of Alabama to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.