The Online Experience

Distance Education: Using Technology Wisely

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More and more individuals are logging on to the convenience of distance education from the College.

In spring 2007, the Distance Education program had approximately 1,903 students, an increase of more than 339 students from fall 2006, and offered 140 courses. This fall, the College offered 152 courses to 2,027 students.

“They do not have to commute, and they like the flexibility of online courses,” says Vaishali Sharma, coordinator of Student Support, Distance Education. Students can receive lessons from any computer at any time of day, as well as talk online with instructors and classmates. Technology also allows students to view syllabi, determine what credits are needed for transfer into specific programs and learn about faculty before signing up for courses.

Aside from strictly online students, different types of student groups are emerging, according to recent data. Twenty to 30 percent of students take classes on campus and online, and visiting students are also taking classes.

Sharma also makes sure that student questions and concerns about technology are answered through phone inquiries and an e-mail account that can be accessed from any computer.

    The College offers seven online degrees and one certificate:
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Justice
  • Liberal Arts – General option
  • Marketing (degree or certificate)
  • Nursing (online/on-site courses)
  • Paralegal (online/on-site courses)

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