CCSU goes online with new degree

By Greg Gelpi

Worries about finding clean clothes to wear and fears of making it in time for class could be a thing of the past for some Clayton College & University Students.

Clayton State launched a new online bachelor's degree program for information technology in conjunction with four other institutions in the University System.

While traditional students are stuck in metro Atlanta traffic, students who choose WebBSIT, the online degree program for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, will be cruising the information super highway.

Internet classes mean convenience to two Clayton State information technology students, who have taken online classes.

"You don't have to worry about driving to school," Tonya Etherton Brooks, a sophomore from Stockbridge, said.

Brooks said she took a nutrition class online, adding that it was "flexible" with her schedule. Traditional classes work better, though, when they involve group work.

Online classes save students from commuting, senior Crystal Wade of Locust Grove said.

"It's probably pretty good if you live far away," Wade said.

Clayton State is in the midst of its 7-in-7 campaign, a campaign to hit an enrollment of 7,000 students by 2007, but the university is quickly outgrowing its campus. As of the fall, the university had 5,661 students.

The online degree relieves stress on the campus, gives technology experience to information technology majors and provides an opportunity to those who are unable to make it to campus for regular classes.

"WebBSIT graduates will be well prepared to assume employment in a variety of high-tech roles, including those involving information technology project management and leadership roles," according to Clayton State. "Research conducted in the program's feasibility study found that many employers prefer students with online course experience, as they exhibit maturity, self-discipline, focus and motivation. Such attributes are especially valuable in a field such as information technology, where much work is done in virtual teams."

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the collaboration between Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern University, Macon State College, Southern Polytechnic State University and Clayton State.

The board of regents also approved a bachelor's of political science degree for Clayton State. There is no place in south metro Atlanta offering four-year political science degrees.

Students interested in registering for the program through Clayton State can visit www.WebBSIT.org to learn about admission, tuition and other information.