Sep 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Distance Learning Programs


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Distance Learning Programs at Johnson, which include both the External Degree Program (EDP) and JSC Online, are designed for those seeking an alternative to the on-campus experience and who are expecting the same challenging courses and the same prestigious degree as those enrolled in our traditional on-campus program.

EDP was built on a partnership between JSC and the Community College of Vermont (CCV) and their shared mission to serve adult learners throughout Vermont.  This forty-year tradition continues by providing Vermonters with the opportunity to work with advisors at their local CCV locations while they complete their bachelor’s degree through distance learning (DL) courses from Johnson.  In addition to working face-to-face with their advisors, EDP students also have physical access to CCV and JSC campuses in order to access support services and resources.

JSC Online grew out of a desire to extend Johnson’s Distance Learning Programs to students outside of Vermont.  Because these students are geographically distributed, they need access to advising and other support services without coming to a campus.  Subsequently, support for JSC Online students is provided through online and remote resources.

Students enrolled in Distance Learning Programs are generally restricted from participating in and/or gaining access to certain college activities, events, and facilities.  They are eligible for certain student services related to their program such as advising, career planning, etc., as well as ohter student support services.

Support services available to distance learning students include but are not limited to:

  • Academic advising
  • Bookstore
  • Disability services
  • Financial aid
  • Library
  • Tutoring

Activities, events, and facilities not available to distance learning students:

  • Campus housing
  • College transportation services including the Badger Bullet Bus and Morrisville Shuttle
  • Participation in campus-based clubs and organizations
  • SHAPE Fitness & Athletics Center
  • Student Government Association
  • Varsity Athletics
  • Wellness Center

EDP vs JSC Online

The key differences between EDP and JSC Online are how students access advisors and resources, what types of courses the students can take, and the tuition model.  The differences exist at the student level, not the course level.  Subsequently, all Johnson DL courses are available to all EDP and JSC Online students.  EDP students, however, are also eligible to take face-to-face campus courses, while JSC Online students are not. 

EDP students pay tuition at standard in-state and out-of-state rates based on their residency status.  JSC Online students living outside of Vermont are eligible for a scholarship that reduces their tuition to an in-state tuition rate and applies only to online courses sponsored through Johnson.  The scholarship/in-state rates for out-of-state students do not apply to any face-to-face Johnson courses or to courses of any type taken from other Vermont State College institutions. 

Refunds and Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policies

Add/drop/withdrawal policies vary by institution.  While students can add, drop, or withdraw from a course based on the deadlines of their home institution, the refund policy of the institution offering the course will apply. For example, if a student is taking a CCV course that has an earlier drop deadline than Johnson, the student can drop the course based on Johnson’s deadlines but that may affect whether or not the student receives a refund of tuition.

External Degree Program

Johnson’s External Degree Program (EDP) serves adult students throughout Vermont who have already completed 60 or more credits of acceptable, college-level work. Each student works closely with an advisor who has an office at the student’s local Community College of Vermont site or on campus at JSC. The advisor helps the student develop and carry out a plan to earn the remainder of the credits needed for a B.A. degree. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned while in the program.

Students can take courses in a variety of formats and at various locations, including: JSC courses held on Saturdays or Sundays once a month throughout Vermont, 15-week online courses, accelerated weekend and online courses in a 7-week format, courses on campus at Johnson State, and courses at other colleges.

The following degree programs are available statewide through the External Degree Program. Additional programs are available to students who can attend classes on the JSC campus.

*All programs, except Childhood Education, are available entirely online as well as in the classroom or through a combination of online and classroom-based courses.  The Childhood Education major requires courses in the student’s final year that may necessitate weekly travel to the Johnson campus.

For information on specific requirements, please refer to the departmental and General Education Curriculum  sections of this catalog.

JSC Online

JSC Online allows students to complete selective majors via an entirely online format, and whether you live in Vermont or miles away from our Green Mountain state, you’ll pay in-state rates!  This is possible through a scholarship that effectively lowers the out-of-state tuition rate to in-state rates for online courses through Johnson. The in-state rate does not apply to any face-to-face JSC courses or to courses of any type taken from other Vermont State College institutions.

JSC Online offers 15-week, semester-long online courses and 7-week, accelerated online courses. This provides flexibility for students based on when they enter the program and provides options relative to work and personal commitments.

The following degree programs are available through JSC Online.

*The Distance Learning B.A. in Childhood Education requires courses in the student’s final year that may necessitate weekly travel to the Johnson campus.

For information on specific requirements, please refer to the departmental and General Education Curriculum  sections of this catalog.

 

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