RBA Today

Life can be challenging and even hectic, but you don't have to put your career and educational goals on hold. The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program helps you work around life's challenges so you can earn a bachelor's degree.

And now, the RBA degree is even better. Many colleges and universities in West Virginia are offering an enhanced version of the program through an initiative called RBA Today. RBA Today offers adults flexibility and choices, including:

  • classes that are compressed into shorter time frames,
  • the option to receive credit for life and work experience, and
  • the ability to take online, evening and weekend classes.

From the beginning, you will receive assistance from an RBA professional who will help you create a plan to achieve your goals and obtain your degree! The program is perfect for adults who have completed some college classes, because credits you've earned in the past can often count toward your degree - even if you've been out of school for a long time.

You may even be able to count some of the knowledge you've gained from work and life experiences toward college credit.

Thanks to RBA Today, there's never been a better time to go back to school. But you've got to take the first step.

STEP 1: FIND the COLLEGE that's RIGHT FOR YOU.

Several colleges and universities in West Virginia are offering enhanced opportunities for adult students through RBA Today. Begin by exploring the school that you're most interested in attending. If you're not sure, you might start with the one located closest to where you live.

STEP 2: LEARN about YOUR OPTIONS for FINANCIAL AID.

The RBA Today program is a solid investment in your future - and there are many financial aid programs to help fund your education. You may have heard about college loans, but you may even qualify to receive grants or scholarships (which you don't have to pay back!).

STEP 3: MAKE an ACTION PLAN

Now that you've started exploring your options for earning your degree, get to work! Contact the RBA coordinator at the school you're most interested in attending, submit your FAFSA, and make a game plan that will help you accomplish your goals and earn your degree. CFWV.com has tons of tips for adults who want to go back to school, so check out the links on this page. And don't be shy about asking college and university staff members for help - they are there to help you succeed!

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WVROCKS

Finding classes to take that fit into the schedule of the adult learner can be difficult. In an effort to make college more accessible to all West Virginians, the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), with assistance from WVNET, developed a web portal, the West Virginia Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System (WVROCKS). WVROCKS is designed to be a collaborative effort between all West Virginia higher education institutions who offer the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can take upper-division (300 and 400 level) eight week-online compressed courses with five starting dates per year through WVROCKS, thus making it possible for the adult learner to complete 15 hours of college credit per year by taking one course at a time.

Students interested in taking WVROCKS classes must enroll and be admitted to the Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree program at an affiliated institution.

Faculty teaching classes are all West Virginia higher education faculty who have a terminal degree in their field and who have been trained on best practices for online course development and teaching.

Courses are offered online in an eight-week compressed format and have been designed to meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards. Students have the opportunity to begin classes twice during the regular semester and once during the summer.

Thanks to WVROCKS, there's never been a better time to complete your degree. But, you've got to take the first step:

Step 1: Find the Participating College that is Right for You: Several colleges and universities in West Virginia are offering enhanced opportunities for adult students through the WVROCKS program. Begin by exploring the school that you're most interested in attending. If you're not sure, you might start with the one located closest to where you live.

  1. Bluefield State College
  2. Concord University
  3. Fairmont State University
  4. Glenville State College
  5. Marshall University
  6. Shepherd University's Martinsburg Campus

Download the WVROCKS FAQ for more information.