BATON ROUGE, La. — The Southern University System will soon start offering more fully online academic programs to attract more students and to raise tuition revenues.
Southern System President Ronald Mason Jr. tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/uxM9nd ) the new online project is a revenue-sharing partnership with a for-profit corporation that specializes in delivering online degree programs for historically Black colleges and universities.
Mason said the project — gotosouthernuniversityonline.com — will help Southern attract more out-of-state and older, nontraditional students who are currently the niche of more expensive for-profit universities like the University of Phoenix.
The Southern University System has contracted with Florida-based Education Online Services Corporation to deliver the online degree programs using the existing offerings and faculty from the Southern campuses in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport.