About the Online Degree Program
Intensive, Accelerated Program
With the appropriate number and type of prior college credits transferred to Bluefield College, students may complete an accelerated online bachelor's degree in about 13 months (based on prior college credit). Coursework required for accelerated online degree completion is sequenced and builds on prior classes, providing an integrated educational experience. In keeping with a liberal arts education, the curriculum emphasizes a broad array of perspectives. The dynamics of the classroom are based on applying theories and concepts to real-world settings. Student experience and faculty expertise are integrated to create a stimulating learning environment differing from the traditional lecture format.
All faculty members possess a combination of academic credentials, practical experience in the field, and a commitment to the Christian heritage of the school.
Students enrolled in the Online Degree Program are considered full-time students, and may qualify for federal and state financial aid programs. Many Virginia residents qualify for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG), which does not need to be repaid.
Bluefield College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bluefield College.
Bluefield College is a private, Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts institution, located in Bluefield, Virginia, that has provided quality education for thousands of students since 1922. Bluefield College is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and endeavors to equip students for life and career development by blending a strong core of liberal arts studies with career-oriented majors.
Bluefield College's venture into adult education grew out of the changing demographics of the college's student population. More and more adult learners were continuing their education. Quite naturally, these were working adults who needed classes offered at a time that would complement busy schedules. In the fall of 1990, BC not only introduced a new degree, Management of Human Resources, but also a new delivery system – an accelerated degree completion program that would involve classroom attendance only one night a week.
In the fall of 2011, BC once again takes the initiative to introduce the new online delivery system. All of the accelerated degree programs are being offered online. We began as a service to the immediate regional area and have grown into a Commonwealth outreach.
Today, Bluefield College currently enrolls over 300 working adults who made the aspirational choice to finish their degrees. The following online programs are currently available: Criminal Justice, E-Business & Entrepreneurship, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Management & Leadership, Master of Arts in Education, and RN-BSN Nursing.
Since 1990, some 3,000 working adult students have reaped the benefits of completing a degree with Bluefield College. And yes, you can too! Find out more about the history of Bluefield College.
Complaint Resolution Process for Students in Distance Education
Students are encouraged to communicate directly with the institutional department for which they have a concern. All Academic concerns, including grade appeals, should follow the procedures listed in the current Academic Catalog. In the event that institutional department leadership is unable to provide complaint resolution, the Director of Online Programs will serve as the next level facilitator in online student complaint resolution; as necessary, this will include partnership with Vice-Presidents and the President.
Only if a student feels his or her complaint has not been resolved through this procedure and has sufficient evidence supporting this claim, he or she can contact the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SHEV). SHEV provides oversight in Virginia for resolving institution complaints from students taking distance education under the aegis of SARA.
In the event that the student’s complaint or residency location does not fall under the aegis of SARA, the institution will serve as the final overseer in the complaint resolution process. SHEV’s contact information for these circumstances can be obtained from the Director of Online Programs: Mr. Andrew A. Lawrence, 276.326.4477.