eConnections partnerships expand four-year degrees to place-bound students

Posted: Wednesday, 13 May 2009

MONTGOMERY – Place-bound community college graduates will soon have a new route to continuing their education through a Troy University distance learning program.

The new program was announced today during a news conference with Gov. Bob Riley, TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. and Postsecondary Education Chancellor Bradley Byrne.

“The Partnership will enhance the potential for a greater number of Alabama citizens to earn college degrees and subsequently improve the quality of life, economic development and cultural maturity of the State of Alabama,” said Gov. Riley in a commendation of the program signed today.

TROY’s “eConnections” program seeks to eliminate the barriers presented by work and family by offering distance learning opportunities to community college graduates through the University’s eCampus. To make students aware of the opportunities to earn a four-year degree, the University has entered into formal partnerships with 15 community colleges in Alabama to date. Under these agreements, TROY is providing coordinators to counsel students and serve as academic advisors to help students begin on a path toward a bachelor’s degree.

“We want these place-bound students to know that they have the opportunity through Troy University to receive a quality education and earn a bachelors degree while maintaining their obligations such as jobs or families,” said Buddy Starling, dean of enrollment management at TROY.

“TROY has a long history of providing quality distance education and this is another way the University is looking to serve the people of Alabama,” he said.

TROY’s eCampus currently offers bachelors degrees in Resource and Technology Management, Business Administration, Applied Computer Science, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Interpreter Training, Psychology, Social Science and Sport and Fitness Management.

For more information about TROY’s eConnections program, contact Jeremy Short, eConnections coordinator, at 334-434-2848, or by email at

Sue Bell Cobb

Governor Bob Riley (seated) signs a commendation commending the eConnections partnership between Troy University and the Alabama Community College System as TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., left, and Bradley Byrne, post-secondary education chancellor, look on. The signing took place Wednesday at a press conference on Troy University’s Montgomery Campus.

Sue Bell Cobb

Governor Bob Riley (right), Bradley Byrne, postsecondary education chancellor, and Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. (left), chancellor of Troy University, respond to questions at a Wednesday press conference announcing the eConnections program. The program will enable community college graduates to continue their education through distance learning opportunities provided through TROY’s eCampus.