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VCU plans online courses, new dorms

Friday - 9/20/2013, 8:24am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth University has announced plans to expand online course offerings and build two residence halls.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( that the online courses will be offered for academic credit to VCU students and will be available for free to anyone with Internet access. One course will be on global health and social media. The other course on learning and the Internet will focus on the birth of the information age.

The new residence halls, with 426 beds, will be "living-learning centers," with one focusing on leadership and the other on innovation and entrepreneurship. The board of visitors on Thursday approved the issuance of up to $41 million in bonds to finance the project, which is expected to be completed in summer 2015.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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