SOURCE: Lamar University

Lamar University

February 08, 2010 18:42 ET

Lamar University Offers Degree Completion Online

Adults With Some College Credit Can Earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

BEAUMONT, TX--(Marketwire - February 8, 2010) - Adult students who began but did not complete a bachelor's degree can now earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree online through Lamar University Academic Partnerships. It is part of an online expansion of a degree Lamar has offered for more than 19 years. Completing the degree online gives working adult learners further flexibility to balance their professional and personal responsibilities with their educational goals, and creates the potential for improved earning power.

Many students begin college but do not finish their degrees. In Texas alone, it is estimated that three million people have taken college courses without graduating. Such students are potential candidates for Lamar's online BAAS Academic Partnerships degree program, university officials said.

The earnings gap between college graduates and workers without college degrees expanded to record levels during last year's economic downturn. On average, those with bachelor's degrees earned about 54 percent more than those without degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

To qualify for admission in Lamar's online BAAS program, students must have at least 45 hours of academic credit and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted.

Once enrolled, students will have the opportunity to earn up to 59 hours of college credit through experiential credit. Multiple start times for the online Bachelor of Applied and Science degree are offered throughout the year, along with flexible payment plans. Financial aid is available for qualified students. The program is offered fully online through Academic Partnerships at one of the lowest tuition rates in the country: $150 per credit hour for Texas and Louisiana residents, and $165 per credit hour for residents of other states.

Enrollment continues through Feb. 15 for the next online session, which begins March 15. May 10 is the enrollment deadline for classes that begin June 7, 2010. In addition, two other online sessions are scheduled to begin this year.

For more information about Lamar University's online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree, visit or call 1-866-223-7675.


Lamar University is a comprehensive public university in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of The Texas State University System. Serving more than 14,000 students, LU offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs with both in-person and online classes. Lamar is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. To learn more, visit or

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