UH offering online degree programs

Starts in August; classes for 5 weeks each

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii will be starting a degree program with five-week online classes through the community colleges in the fall.

The goal is to provide more flexibility for residents to earn a degree while working and raising families, a UH news release said Sunday. The program will take two and a half years to earn an associate degree and roll out in phases over the next two years for select degrees.

The first cohort of students will begin classes Aug. 26 and take courses from all seven community colleges — including UH-Maui College. Students in the associate degree program will receive their degree from Leeward Community College in December 2021.

Online bachelor’s degrees, with classes in the five-week format, will be offered by UH campuses for select programs beginning fall 2020, the news release said.

Applications open on March 1.

“We know that many Hawaii residents want to earn a college degree but have competing demands, which make it difficult to take classes at a college campus,” said John Morton, vice president of community colleges. “This program allows students to learn on their own schedule and to focus on one class at a time.”

The classes are going to be focused, flexible and affordable, said UH President David Lassner.

“They can do it at night, they can do it in the morning around their work schedules, around their child care,” he said.

For more information, fill out the “Contact Form” at uhcc.hawaii.edu/online/ or email cconline@hawaii.edu. The number of students is limited for the first cohort group.