Accelerated Studies Program

The Accelerated Studies Program (ASP) is designed to provide students an opportunity to “accelerate” course work in specified course(s) or program areas. 

Accelerated Courses

As part of this program, the College offers students the opportunity to earn an AS General degree by completing the following 18-month course of study.

Fall 2017
Intersession 1:    EDUC   1030         College and Lifelong Learning
Intersession 2:    ENGL   1010         Composition I
Intersession 3:    SPCH   1010        Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Intersession 4:    HUM   2010      Introduction to Humanities I 

Spring 2018
Intersession 1:    HUM   2020        Introduction to Humanities II
Intersession 2:    ENGL   1020        Composition II
Intersession 3:    SOCI   1010        Introduction to Sociology
Intersession 4:    ECON   2010        Macroeconomics

Summer 2018*
Intersession 1:    PHIL   2640       Science and the Modern World
Intersession 2:    POLS   1030       American Government
Full Term:       ENGL   2120       American Literature II
Intersession 3:    ECON   2020       Microeconomics (fully online)
Intersession 4:   NONE

Fall 2018*
Intersession 1:    HIST  2010       U. S. History I (fully online)
Intersession 2:    PSYC  1030       General Psychology (fully online)
Term 1:    BIOL  1010       Introduction to Biology I
Intersession 3:    HIST  2020       U. S. History II (fully online)
Intersession 4:   NONE
Term 2:   BIOL  1020       Introduction to Biology II

Spring 2019
Intersession 1:    MUS  1030       Music Appreciation (fully online)
Intersession 2:    SOCI  2010       Marriage and Family (fully online)
Term 1:      MATH  1530       Probability and Statistics

*Semesters requiring an intersession and term class concurrently.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can anyone register for 18-Month AS General Degree Program classes?
No. Only students who have met the requirements for admission to the cohort and have agreed to the stipulations listed in the 18-Month AS General Degree Program agreement  are eligible to register for the 18-Month AS General Degree Program classes.

If students are required to take Learning Support courses, are they eligible for the 18-Month AS General Degree Program?
No. Because of the particularly rigorous and intensive nature of classes delivered during abbreviated academic terms, the 18-Month AS General Degree Program is intended for students without Learning Support requirements.

Is there an option for students to earn an Associate’s degree completely online?
Yes. Beginning Fall 2017, students will have the opportunity to complete an AS General degree over four fall and spring semesters in a fully online format (no in-class meetings required), with the exception of weekly lab meetings for the biology courses.

What is the difference between Intersessions 1-4, Terms 1 and 2, and a full summer session?
Intersessions last three-and-a-half weeks, Terms 1 and 2 last seven weeks each, and a full summer session lasts ten weeks.

How do students apply for the 18-Month AS General Degree Program?
Once admitted to the College, interested students should contact the Cohort Advisor at 423.354.2497 or in order to discuss requirements for the program. These requirements are outlined in the 18-Month AS General Degree Program agreement.

How many hours per week should students plan to devote to 18-Month AS General Degree Program classes?
Students who have been admitted to the 18-Month AS General Degree Program should plan to devote a minimum of 45 hours per week to their classes.

How many registered participants are required in order for the 18-Month AS General Degree Program to begin?
A minimum of 25 registered participants is required in order for the 18-Month AS General Degree Program to begin in Fall 2017. Otherwise, the start will be postponed.

Are there other options for participants if the 18-Month AS General Degree Program is postponed?
Yes. If the program is postponed, students may register for the same courses in an online or traditional format.

Can program participants take more than one 18-Month AS General Degree Program class at the same time?
Program participants will take one course at a time except when required by the program to take two courses or unless approved to do so by the Cohort Advisor, appropriate dean, and the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Are class meetings optional?
No. Class attendance is considered a contract with obligated appointments. Students must, therefore, adhere to the attendance policy as outlined in the syllabus for each course. By missing a class meeting, students reduce their chances of achieving intended learning outcomes and of passing the course.

Will the biology courses satisfy the science requirement for all majors?
No. The biology courses in the 18-Month AS General Degree Program are intended for majors that do not require General Biology I and II.

For more information, please contact the Cohort Advisor

Dr. J. Mike Ramey
Director, Distance Education Programs and Services