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University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2 Arkansas universities looking to online innovations

Two new online learning initiatives are hoping to recruit Arkansans who began college careers but fell short of earning a degree. Arkansas Tech University this month launched a new college, the eTech College, to streamline services for students who take classes online. The University of Arkansas System will begin taking applications Sept. 1 for "eVersity," a separate university that offers lower cost classes for students who complete degrees entirely online. Organizers of both programs hope to serve the estimated 350,000 Arkansans who started college but never earned a bachelor's degree. They also hope to overcome anticipated hurdles in a state with a large rural...