Morehouse College to Offer Online Program for Black Men Who Have College Credits but No Degree

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It’s not uncommon for folks to attend college for a few years only to leave as a result of unexpected circumstances, a general lack of direction, or simply not having the money to continue their education. To help combat this, Morehouse College is launching an online program aimed at helping those men complete their college education.

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According to the Washington Post, the school announced on Tuesday that Morehouse Online will go live this summer and will have three initial course offerings. The service is designed specifically for men who have some college experience under their belt and want to complete their degrees, which the Census Bureau estimates is over 3 million Black men, the Post reports. The program will be open both to former Morehouse students as well as men who went to other universities, and the school hopes to bring back at least 500 Morehouse men over the next five years.

David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College, told the Post that the idea came after speaking to former alumni at events who said they didn’t finish, and would like to, but simply didn’t have the ability to put their life on hold to finish their education.

“They had a desire to finish their degree, but didn’t have the ability to stop what they were doing in the world and go back to school,” Thomas told the Washington Post. “We owe it to the world to amplify our impact and that means … impacting the world without the world having to come to us. This is us going to the world.”

Thomas added that the benefit of age and lived experience has given the former student a sense of focus and intention that isn’t always present in the 17 and 18-year-olds who enter the school as freshmen.

The school is collaborating with 2U, an online program manager, to oversee the online platform. Courses will be designed to be taken over eight weeks and the program will cost $600 a credit, compared to the $1,115 per credit that residential undergraduates pay. Online students will receive the same access to Morehouse’s career advising and professional, and Thomas ensures that they will be held to the same academic standards as residential students.

“Morehouse has the moral authority to provide the Good Housekeeping seal of Black male excellence,” Thomas told the Post. “What we will demand of our online students will be comparable to what we expect of our on-campus students.”

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From the Washington Post:

His goal is for the online program to generate enough revenue to cover its expenses and support faculty research and hiring new faculty.

Morehouse Online is part of a broader strategic plan for the 154-year-old school to grow its footprint that also includes expanding study abroad initiatives and recruiting more international students.

In the past year, Morehouse has enjoyed a series of multimillion-dollar donations from philanthropists, some spurred into action after George Floyd’s death sparked national protests against police brutality and racial inequality. The visibility of historically Black colleges and universities like Morehouse is at a high and the Biden administration has promised greater investment in the sector. Vice President Harris is an HBCU alumna, a graduate of Howard University.

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As of now, the program is only available to undergraduate students and while Thomas is open to expanding it to graduate students, for now he wants to focus on what he calls Morehouse’s core strengths.

Should you be one of the millions of Black men interested in completing their college education hit up these links for more information about the courses provided and how to potentially enroll. If the VHS of Boys N the Hood I rented countless times growing up taught me anything, it’s that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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DISCUSSION

If someone has college credits; but no degree and wants to pursue one there is a better option than this. The Regents College of NY is part of SUNY; but they exist for the purpose of helping those in just the situation described by Joe. And they offer a lot more than just three degrees.

This started out as an issue for people in the military, civil service, or at companies like IBM (I’ve Been Moved) who would take a few classes and then get moved elsewhere to take a few more classes. Rinse and repeat.

The Regents College will help you collate your credits, find somewhere in your area to take testing to get credit for life experience credit if applicable; and then help you plan out a path to completing the degree. Including finding inexpensive places to take those classes you need. Need a 2nd year class of some kind, why not the local community college? Need some 4rth year classes - they can help you find distance learning programs for almost any of the degrees you are interested in.

https://www.excelsior.edu/about/