UH West Oʻahu’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences degree has been ranked the 11th best online program for social sciences in the nation by AffordableColleges.com.
“UH-West Oahu’s program stood out in both quality and affordability,” according to Lauren Chapman, public relations coordinator for the website that endeavors to list schools providing value to students. The site calculates the rankings using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to gain insight into affordability, academic pedigree and online/distance learning programs.
The website’s affordable online degrees in social sciences ranked programs according to both tuition costs and the ultimate return on investment. It noted UH West Oʻahu “offers exceptional resources to distance-learners, including technical support, workshops, course reviews, tutoring assistance, and more” along with data on average tuition, financial aid, graduation rates, and online programs offered.
Additionally, UH West Oʻahu was listed as having the 26th most affordable online bachelor’s degree by onlinecollegeplan.com.
UH West Oʻahu’s distance learning program was established to help meet the educational needs of neighbor island students who have completed the first two years of coursework from a neighbor island community college in the University of Hawaiʻi system.
In this respect the campus does not offer the baccalaureate degree completely online because lower division coursework needs to be completed via in-person and online classes at UH West Oʻahu or a partnering community college. Students may use UH West Oʻahu’s distance learning (online and interactive television courses) for upper division coursework in Business Administration, Public Administration, Early Childhood Education, Political Science and Psychology entirely online.
Additionally, UH West Oʻahu undergraduates may take online classes in fulfilling their coursework.