Online degree plan expected

MCC proposal awaiting commission’s approval

KINGMAN - If the Higher Learning Commission approves Mohave Community College's request, residents of Mohave County can begin work to obtain an associate degree online beginning this fall.

On Friday, Dean of Distance Education Diana Stithem told the MCC Board of Governors of the two-day visit from a team of evaluators at the beginning of the month.

The team met with resident and associate faculty, staff, students and administrators to finalize a review of the college's request for a change in accreditation that would allow delivery of online programs. The team recommended that the HLC approve the request.

"We have the courses in place," Stithem said. "We are ready to go."

A decision from the HLC is expected in mid-June, she said.

Initially, MCC will offer a general associate of arts, an associate of arts in social studies emphasis, an associate of arts in social and behavioral science emphasis, and associate of business. With approval, a certificate in computer information systems professional applications would also be offered.

With 25 percent of the college's total enrollment online now, approval could increase enrollment.

MCC spent nearly six years developing and growing the distance education program to meet accreditation standards.

While not online, the board approved new course fees. Introduction to Oceanography has a $40 course fee, while the Truck Driver Training program fee was set at $4,300.

The next MCC Board of Governors meeting is at 10 a.m. on April 10 in Room 502 on the Neal Campus in Kingman at 1971 Jagerson Ave. For more information, call (928) 757-4331.