University of South Carolina Teams with Academic Partnerships to Expand Online Degree Programs

Compiled by Ryan Garner
December 17, 2012

The University of South Carolina and Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based online learning company, have created a partnership that will provide online access to the university system’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Working in collaboration with faculty from the University of South Carolina, Academic Partnerships will utilize its educational technologies and global marketing capability to increase access to the university system’s curriculum.

“I am excited that USC has chosen Academic Partnerships to help support its bold new initiatives in online learning,” said Michael Amiridis, University of South Carolina executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Academic Partnerships works only with public universities and possesses valuable expertise that will assist USC in the preparation and implementation of high-quality, state-of-the-art online programs.”

A master’s degree in engineering management will be one of the first programs offered online through the new partnership.

“Bringing our courses online is one of the many ways to cultivate the next generation of thinkers and meet the growing demand for engineers,” said Michael Sutton, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of South Carolina. “I am thrilled with this latest wave of innovation at USC which continues to push the envelope.”

Academic Partnerships will also assist the University of South Carolina with the design and development of courses for Palmetto College, the university’s new online, baccalaureate degree completion program. Scheduled to begin offering classes in fall 2013, Palmetto College will allow individuals who have finished 60 credit hours of coursework to complete a degree in several fields, including business, criminal justice, education and nursing.

“Academic Partnerships is anxious to provide the latest learning technologies, assuring that University of South Carolinas’ campuses remain highly competitive and cutting edge as they serve 21st-century students throughout the state and beyond,” said Randy Best, chairman of Academic Partnerships. “The system’s interest in serving all qualified students through the utilization of technology will help its institutions flourish far into the future.”

Academic Partnerships has collaborated with more than 600 professors to convert over 1,000 traditional courses into an electronic delivery format. In addition, the company has recruited more than 100,000 students into online degree programs with U.S. and international partners. The company helps universities by providing the technology, marketing, student recruitment and faculty support necessary to serve online students. Academic Partnerships recently announced a similar partnership with the University of Delaware to develop an online version of the school’s master’s degree in business administration.


“USC, Academic Partnerships to bring degree programs online,”, December 5, 2012, Wes Hickman

“Academic Partnerships, University of South Carolina add online offerings,”, December 6, 2012, Bill Hethcock