online education

Robbie Feinberg

For some students in Maine, college this fall might look a lot different than it did 10 years ago. The state's university system has boosted online courses by nearly 30 percent over the past five years. And it's now partnering with an outside firm to market and expand its offerings even further. But the push to reach more adult students comes with new challenges.

Starting this fall, some students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle won’t need to worry about how many hours they need to spend in class to graduate. The university announced today that it’s launching an online “competency-based” degree for some of its business students, which will allow them to get a bachelors’ degree at their own pace, and for less than $10,000. The new program is aimed specifically at adults who may have dropped out of college in the past.