It is becoming a normal part of brick and mortal colleges and universities to offer some programs, if not all their program offerings, online. It allows for students all over the country to attend a school that would otherwise not be as diverse. It also allows for all those who felt a degree was out of the question, to suddenly realize that is not the case anymore. Eastern Kentucky University is based in Richmond, Kentucky with various campus’ stretched out throughout the state. Starting in 2005 EKU started to offer courses online and now they offer a number of degrees online.
PROGRAMS AND DEGREES OFFERED
Eastern Kentucky University offers two Bachelor and six Masters degrees online. The Bachelor’s degrees are available in a Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology. You have the option to choose from two concentrations, Fire Administration and Fire Protection Engineering Technology. EKU offers Masters degrees in Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management. These have six options to choose from which include, Homeland Security, Occupational Safety, Emergency Management, Ergonomics, Fire and Emergency Service, and they offer a concentration with a multidisciplinary track.
Eastern Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
For those seeking an undergraduate degree online, the cost is $358 per credit hour. A graduate degree will cost $517 per credit hour. Financial aid is available through completion of the FASFA form. Once this information is available, students will be awarded aid on a need by need basis. There are also scholarships available for those who qualify.
STUDENTS SATISFACTION AND COMPLAINTS
Students rate the education and faculty with an overall ‘B-’. Students were highly satisfied with the cost of tuition, giving that it is lower than many other online colleges. However, they were not satisfied with the amount of aid received, or the communication between faculty and students. Many students complained that it took an extended amount of time to contact advisors for questions.