5 Models for Low Residency Degree Programs

Low residency degree programs, also called hybrid or blended programs, typically combine elements of distance learning and online coursework, flexible schedule options, and flexible course and program design. They are a great choice for adult learners who need flexible degree programs to fit their education around work, family and other responsibilities, but are looking for an alternative to an online-only program.

These courses offered online, nights, weekends or as condensed sessions have become increasingly popular as more nontraditional students seek higher education.

Here are the five most common models for low residency bachelor’s degree programs:

  1. Evening-only programs: These combine online components with in-person, evening classes.
  2. Weekend-only or Saturday programs: These programs typically combine online coursework with in-person courses on Saturdays.
  3. Accelerated programs: Offers courses on an accelerated schedule such as six- or eight-week modules through a flexible combination of in-person and online courses. These programs often allow participants to complete bachelor’s degree requirements in around two years.
  4. Flexible Programs: Offers students the option of completing coursework entirely online or through a flexible combination of evening, weekend, online, or accelerated courses.
  5. Self-directed Programs: These typically involve one-week, in-person residencies each semester along with self-directed coursework or independent studies.

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