VSU says all-online four-year degree next fall acknowledges need to learn while working

ETTRICK — Virginia State University said Friday it will offer its first-ever all-online undergraduate degree program next fall.

The bachelor of science degree in hospitality management is also the first fully online undergrad program offered at a public university in Virginia.

In a statement, VSU officials touted the program as acknowledgement that some degree-seeking students also need to work while they learn.

“Students will now have access to the same high-quality program that is offered face to face with increased accessibility for non-traditional students who may have time or geographical restraints," Dr. Berkita Bradford, chairperson of the VSU Department of Hospitality Management, said in the statement. Bradford called the program "indicative of the growth happening" at VSU.

According to the university, the program will offer a combination of classroom training and real-world industry experience. Graduates of the program will be eligible to go right into managerial and other leadership positions in the field once they have their degrees in hand.

The hospitality management degree is one of three new all-online programs to be offered at VSU in the 2022 fall semester. The others are a master's in special education and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision, VSU's first online doctoral program.

When the new programs come on board, Virginia State will have a total of five fully online education opportunities that have started within the last two years. VSU already offers a B.S. degree in nursing and a certification of homefront readjustment for military personnel.

To find out more information about all of the online programs, go to www.vsu.edu/online.

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Bill Atkinson (he/him/his) is daily news coach for USA TODAY's Southeast Region-Unified Central, which includes Virginia, West Virginia and central North Carolina. He is based in Petersburg, Virginia. Reach him at batkinson@progress-index.com.

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