SJSU Online is Enabling Students to Achieve Their Lifelong Goals
Since launching in August 2022, one of SJSU’s newest initiatives, SJSU Online, has had an impressive start. By increasing access to affordable quality public higher education that meets California’s dynamic workforce needs, SJSU Online is a gateway to success for nontraditional college students.
“Our innovative model of 100% online degree completion programs has enabled our first class of nearly 100 Californians to access a quality SJSU education and advance their lives,” said SJSU Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness Ronald Rogers. “We’re looking forward to admitting more students for our Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 terms, especially as we continue to increase the number of program offerings.”
The first class consists of students from all walks of life and career stages. They range in age from 20 to 60 years old, and more than 75% are new to SJSU. While most reside in the Bay Area, many reside throughout the state. Chelsea Franey, ’24 Economics, has been able to make progress towards her lifelong goal from rural Kern County while balancing her life, family and work commitments.
“I was a business owner for 12 years but the pandemic changed everything for me and inspired me to go back to school,” said Franey. “SJSU Online has been the best experience since the very beginning when I was in contact with their admissions team. Completing this program is going to help in my role in the company I’m currently with as well as with opportunities to grow and expand my career.”
With three annual enrollment cycles, eight-week terms year-round, and the number of program options doubling this year, SJSU Online is quickly becoming a quality option for hundreds — and soon thousands — of future students to complete their degrees at SJSU. Joining the catalog of programs is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a General Business Concentration, designed by faculty in the renowned Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.
“Our courses will focus on several functional areas and global dimensions of business, such as marketing, finance, operations, supply chain management and entrepreneurship,” said Associate Professor of Global Innovation and Leadership Sarika Pruthi. “In addition to discipline-specific skills, students will also develop skills in team building, leadership, critical thinking, communications and networking.”