Clayton State University students can now complete a degree fully online.
How? By combining eCore with the major choices in the Clayton State Degree Completion program… the Bachelor of Applied Science or the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies.
So what is eCore? It’s a program that offers the first two years of college core courses completely online. Developed by the University System of Georgia (USG) and approved by the Board of Regents of the USG, eCore classes transfer to 36 institutions within the University System of Georgia and most other colleges.
Clayton State spring and fall classes for eCore are available in the following disciplines; chemistry, communications, English, electronic technologies in educational environment, geology, history, integrated science (available to non-science majors and transient students only), math, philosophy, physics, political science, sociology, and Spanish.
During the summer sessions, the same classes are offered, with the exception of chemistry, geology, physics, Spanish and MATH1501.
The tuition for eCore classes is $189/credit hour. For students taking only eCore classes, this tuition is in addition to the Clayton State institutional fee of $150 per semester. For students also taking on-campus classes, all fees also apply including the technology, student activity, athletic, student activity center fee, parking fee, card fee, and health fee. Visit the Registrar’s website for a complete listing of the current fee schedule: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/registrar/newstudents.htm.
And, even though a student may never set foot on the Clayton State campus, the University still has a wide ranges of services available to eCore students.
For instance… there’s academic advising… eCore advisors are available to answer questions specific to eCore including admission, orientation, registration, textbook ordering, and drop/add procedures.
Speaking of textbook ordering (and paying for same)… the USG eCore website maintains the relationship with the online bookseller for eCore. Students may go to that page and order materials directly at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ecore.htm. A description of required textbooks for each eCore course is listed at http://ecore.usg.edu/courses/textbooks.php. If financial aid is the student’s only means of payment for eCore textbooks, the Clayton State University Bookstore may be able to special order eCore books and lab kits, which can be paid for with financial aid).
As is the case with many Clayton State classroom-based courses, there are several tutoring resources available to eCore students. Smartthinking is an online tutoring service available to all eCore students needing help in Math, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Spanish and Writing. Tutoring is available through Smartthinking 24/7.
In addition, the Clayton State University Student Success Center (http://adminservices.clayton.edu/cas/default.htm) offers free tutoring services such that friendly advisement is only a phone call away. Students are urged not to hesitate to give the Student Success Center a call and schedule an appointment with a tutor at 678-466-4070. The HUB also helps eCore students with computer hardware and software.
Online students also receive special library support services such as individualized research consultation by phone, fax, e-mail or in person, and direct delivery of articles and books from the Clayton State Library for online students who cannot reasonably access an adequate library in their area. Students can also receive assistance with connecting to online databases available through GALILEO, the statewide virtual library. Each semester that an individual is an eCore student, they are provided with a password to access GALILEO. Additional information about library services at Clayton State is available through the Clayton State Library’s Katherine Ott, or eCore students may contact the Student Success Manager for assistance with Library Services.
Finally, that institutions affiliated with eCore must follow the eCore Common Academic Calendar. This includes a common registration begin/end date, class start/end date, attendance verification deadline, midterm, final exam dates, grade submission deadlines, etc. Clayton State follows its own academic calendar for admission and fee payment deadlines only. See the Clayton State eCore home page (http://ecore.clayton.edu/) for specific dates.
For more information about Clayton State’s eCore program, or any questions about eCore, contact Ginny Bass, Clayton State’s director of Degree Completion and eCore Advisor at (678) 466-4098. Or, send an email to the special eCore email address… firstname.lastname@example.org.