Online Education

Carl Albert State College – Virtual Campus


Sarah Brown, Coordinator for the Virtual Campus

Rigorous, Accessible and Affordable
Online Education.

Everything Online Education should be…
…it’s here at Carl Albert State College’s Virtual Campus

Virtual Campus: Overview, Highlights, and Cost

Overview

The mission of Carl Albert State College is to provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success. In all courses and programs, whether online or on campus, the College strives to maintain academic excellence in every way. Carl Albert State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Carl Albert is dedicated to providing a high-quality and high-touch online education to students. Online courses, degrees, and program utilize the institution’s Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard. The Coordinator for the Virtual Campus, along with the other Division Chairs, oversees course content and delivery to ensure quality and rigor. Major features that facilitate learning are: Application of the Quality Matters Rubric and assessment of course content and design, Module-design of course content across disciplines, Content-driven assignments and assessments, Online test proctoring, transfer of knowledge from instructor to student through video, recorded lecture, and live online options (chat, virtual classroom, etc.). IT features include student and faculty support from the Blackboard Administrator.

Affordable. Accessible. Exceptional…

◊   Quality, rigorous education is at your fingertips! Take course at your convenience day or night and still receive the high-quality, high-touch, and highly interactive education from qualified instructors through live-video chats, synchronous and asynchronous lectures, assignments, and discussions.

◊   Highly-valued education at a low cost: Average cost for a three credit-hour course is just under $450.00.
(Fee covers test proctoring, in applicable to the course)

◊    Strong, accessible support from your instructor, Blackboard administrator, and the Coordinator for the Virtual Campus.

◊    Pursue a degree in Business Administration, Child Development, Computer Technology, Sociology/ Psychology, Social Science, or General Studies.

◊    Courses to fit your schedule: 16 week and 8 week courses.

   You are not just a name in a course, you are STUDENT at Carl Albert State College! You have access to all services and benefits of traditional on-campus students.
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Programs/ Degrees/ Courses

Associate of Arts in…
Business Administration[006]
Child Development[055]
General Studies[039]
Enterprise Development[675] – Reach Higher Endorsed
Sociology/Psychology[037]
Social Science[036]

Associate of Science in…
Enterprise Development[676] – Reach Higher Endorsed

Associate of Applied Sciences in…
Child Development[012]
Computer Technology (Office Technology Option Only)[040]
Health Information Technology[159]
Occupational Health & Safety [107] – Coming Soon

Certificates in Child Development…
Certificate of Mastery[048]
Infant/Toddler Certificate[065]
Director’s Certificate[066]

For a full list of Degree Plans “Click Here!

Courses:
All of our general education requirements are offered online. These are entry-level, accessible courses that also have a high-transfer rate to other institutions.

English Composition: Freshman Composition I and II
US History: American History 1492-1865 and 1865-present
US Government: American Federal Government
Orientation: Freshman Orientation
Biological Science: Biology (with lab*), Zoology (with lab*)
Physical Science: General Physical Science (with lab*)
Math: College Algebra, Survey of Contemporary Math
Health/Physical Education/Recreation: Personal Health and Wellness, various others
Humanities: General Humanities I and II, Art Appreciation, Early Western Civilization, Introduction to Literature, Masterpieces of World Literature 1 and 2, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, etc.

Schedule changes happen from time to time. For up-to-date individual course offerings for this semester, please email the Coordinator for the Virtual Campus, or access the current course schedule located under Quick Links on CASC homepage.

*Some labs are completely online, but some require either attendance on campus for the lab, or mailing assignments, etc. to complete the requirements. Make sure the course and lab you choose fits with your needs. Contact the Coordinator for the Virtual Campus if you have questions.

What Makes Us Different?

At CASC, our online students are given all the attention and care of any other student on our campus.

We have designed our courses and our degrees so that the material you get is top-notch quality AND accessible. Because we have one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation, you can take advantage of this quality and accessibility wherever you are. We have worked hard to make sure that taking an online course is straightforward and easy to use, and real people are available if you ever have a problem. Our faculty are known for their commitment to their students and to the excellence of their material. We trust you will be both challenged and supported throughout your education.

Dr. Jason Morrison, VPAA

Contact Information

Here to Help.

Coordinator for the Virtual Campus:
s. brown

Sarah Brown
sbrown@carlalbert.edu
918-647-1471

IT Support:
Tracy White
support@carlalbert.edu
918-647-1364
enter a support ticket online: support.carlalbert.edu

Enrollment Center:
918-647-1393

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to your Important Questions.

How do I know if I will do well in an online course?
Generally speaking, students who are motivated, can self-start their own learning, and can discipline themselves to schedule their time and complete their work are the students who have the most success at online learning.  Students who communicate regularly with their instructor and log into class daily get the most out of their online course.

How do I access my online course?
You may access your courses through Blackboard. You can get to Blackboard through our Virtual Campus, through VikeConnect, or by going to web.carlalbert.edu in your web browser.
To log in, you will need the same username and password you use for VikeConnect.

If you haven’t set up VikeConnect yet, go to the CASC website and click on “VikeConnect”. Use the “Reset Password” button to set up your password. Your username is assigned to you from CASC (it’s the information before the “@” sign in your CASC email address). Give Blackboard a couple hours to update this information before you try and log in.

Do I have to be an expert at computer and internet skills to take an online course?
No, you don’t have to be a computer genius, but you do need to be comfortable at a computer, word processing, and at navigating around the internet.

What technology do I need?
A stable and reliable internet connection, whether at home, work or at a public place like a library or coffeeshop, is the most important tool you could have for an online course. Aside from this, you will need the following equipment: a computer (laptop or desktop), a USB drive (to save and transport your work), and a webcam for online testing.

The software that should be on your computer is:
*Internet Browser – Google Chrome
*Word Processing – Microsoft Word or OpenOffice
*Document Viewing – Adobe Reader
All of this software (except for Microsoft Word) can be downloaded and installed for free from the Internet.
Current CASC students are eligible to receive a download of Microsoft Office 365, which includes Word. Contact IT for details.

What computer skills do I need to know to participate in an online course?
Each student must be able to:
*Navigate the Internet with a web browser. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for online courses.
*Use email and send attachments.
*Download and install software and updates as needed.

What if I am a transient student?
Special Non-Degree Seeking:
Student Students who wish to enroll in courses without intending to pursue a degree may be permitted to enroll in no more than nine credit hours without submitting academic credentials or meeting the academic curricular or performance requirements of the institution of desired entry. Retention standards and course prerequisites will be enforced. Once a student has completed the designated number of hours, the student is required to meet the formal admission or transfer criteria for the institution of desired entry in order to enroll in additional course work.

Test Proctoring

More information to come…

Webcam required (please visit with your instructor/s for details).
Some course may require a testing center to proctor exams.

State Authorization & Authorized States

Access to Quality.

Carl Albert State College’s is an approved  NC-SARA state.

Carl Albert State College strives to provide students with access to high-quality education, while remaining in compliance with State Authorization and recent amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 and in conjunction with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 for the delivery of distance education.

“If an institution is offering post secondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering post secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002).”

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Green = NC SARA approved states

Purple = approved states

For more information, please see the contact link below and let us help you start your education at Carl Albert State College’s Virtual Campus.

The Process for Student Complaints and Grievances

Carl Albert State College Student Handbook

FACULTY COMPLAINTS: 

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Grade Appeal Procedure:
1. Student must communicate with the instructor concerning changing a grade. If there is no
satisfactory resolution, the student will have the instructor sign the Grade Appeal Form (A-10) and
proceed to step 2. (Form available in the Office of Admissions)
2. Student must communicate with the division chair concerning changing the grade. If there is no
satisfactory resolution, the student will have the division chair sign the Grade Appeal Form (A-10)
and proceed to step 3.
3. Request an Appeal:
a. Student must submit the signed Grade Appeal Form (A-10)
b. Student must submit all documentation to support their grade appeal to the Human Resources Office.
4. Grade Appeal Committee:
a. Vice President for Academic Affairs, or his designee, will chair the Grade Appeal Committee.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint three other members to serve on the
committee. At least one committee member will not be an instructor.
b. The Grade Appeal committee chair notifies the student of when the Grade Appeal meeting
will take place. The Grade Appeal meeting will take place no sooner than 5 days after the
student is notified.
5. Appeal Committee Meets:
a. The student will have 10 minutes to address the Grade Appeal committee.
b. The instructor will have 10 minutes to address the Grade Appeal committee.
c. The Grade Appeal committee can ask questions.
d. The student may not have a representative present.
6. Committee Decision: The committee will make a recommendation to uphold or change the grade.
The decision of the committee is final, and no further appeals can be made concerning the grade.
(CASC College Catalog Board Amended 9-17-13)

State Portal Agency Contact:
Daniel Archer
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Ste. 200
P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
405.225.9142
darcher@osrhe.edu

Additional States:

SHEEO State Authorization Survey: Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

Student Complaint Process – Flow Chart

California
The Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE) has a complaint form for students to complete. The complaint form is available at http://www.bppe.ca.gov/forms_pubs/complaint.pdf

Connecticut
There is no formal process. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection handles general consumer complaints. The complaint process is available at http://www.ct.gov
and complaints can be faxed to 860-713-7239

Delaware
The Delaware Department of Education Higher Education Office, they refer all complaints back to the institutions. If not resolved then student can contact the Delaware Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Division, handles consumer fraud complaints. The complaint process is available at http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/consumers/protection/complaint.shtml
and complaints can be faxed to 302-577-6499.

District of Columbia
Student complaint and forms are available at http://osse.dc.gov/seo/frames.asp?doc=/seo/lib/seo/elementary_and_secondary_education/may_2011/complaint_form_4_11.pdf
Please contact:
Compliance Specialist
Education Licensure Commission
810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Florida
To file a complaint against an independent post-secondary institution in Florida, please write a letter or send an e-mail containing the following information:
1. Name of Student (or Complaint)
2. Complainant Address
3. Phone Number
4. Name of Institution
5. Location of the Institution (City)
6. Dates of Attendance
7. A full description of the problem and any other documentation that will support your claim such as enrollment agreements, correspondence, etc.

Send Letter To:
Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL. 32399-0400
E-mail: amy.lefstead@fldoe.org
Fax: (850) 245-3238

Hawaii
There is no formal process. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has a complaint process for complaints against un-accredited post-secondary institutions, but not against public or private accredited institutions. Please see CASC student grievance procedures.

Kentucky 
Pursuant to 13 KAR 1:020 Section 13, the responsible agency for complaints against out-of-state institutions operating or soliciting in Kentucky is the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The contact person is  Director of Post-secondary Licensing, (502) 573-1555, ext. 350.
The link to 13 KAR 1:020 Section 13 is http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/013/001/020.htm

Maine
Consumers can file consumer complaints with the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Maine Attorney General. The link to the complaint form is: http://www.maine.gov/ag/consumer/complaints/complaint_form.shtml

Massachusetts
Consumers can file consumer complaints with the Public Inquiry & Assistance Center of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. The link to the complaint form is: https://www.eform.ago.state.ma.us/ago_eforms/forms/piac_ecomplaint.action

Mississippi 
MCCA will facilitate an investigation if the matter being disputed falls within its jurisdiction. If preliminary findings indicate a violation by the institution, MCCA shall attempt to resolve the complaint. Complete and mail the form to:
Menia Dykes
Director of Accreditation
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
mdykes@mississippi.edu
http://www.mississippi.edu/mcca/

New Jersey
No formal complaint process, please see CASC student grievance procedures.

New York
No formal complaint process, please see CASC student grievance procedures.

North Carolina
For post-secondary degree programs, if the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the following office:
Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Assistant Director of Licensure and Workforce Studies
University of North Carolina General Administration.
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
telephone (919) 962-4558.
The student may contact UNC General Administration for further details. For certificate and diploma programs, student complaint procedures and forms can be found at http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/PROPRIETARY_SCHOOLS/complaints.htm

Oklahoma
Daniel Archer
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Ste. 200
P.O. Box 108850
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-8850
405.225.9142
darcher@osrhe.edu

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office also handles consumer related complaints: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/Complaints.aspx

Rhode Island
No formal complaint process, please see CASC student grievance procedures

South Carolina
Complaints can be directed to the:
Nonpublic Institution Licensing
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1333 Main Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
http://www.che.sc.gov

Texas
No formal complaint process, please see CASC student grievance procedures

Utah
Utah Division of Consumer Protection Complaint process link: http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/index.html

Wisconsin
The EAB website states that it has the authority to investigate a student complaint, negotiate a settlement, or dismiss a complaint if it is found to be inappropriate. Complaints must be filed within one year after the student’s last recorded date of attendance. Upon receiving a student complaint, EAB investigates it. If preliminary findings indicate a violation by a school, the EAB shall attempt, through mediation, to resolve the complaint. If no agreement is reached, the EAB may dismiss the complaint or conduct a hearing. Student complaints can be addressed at http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp

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