“Distance learning at UC is a fundamental part of UC’s 21st century approach to increasing access to high-quality educational programs, meeting the needs of students and integrating 21st century technology into higher education,” says UC Senior Vice President and Provost Anthony J. Perzigian. “Our new distance-learning additions this fall build on UC’s commitment to providing flexibility for student learning.” Perzigian adds that on the state level, e-learning is a key strategy in meeting enrollment expectations set forth in the University System of Ohio Strategic Plan for Higher Education, which calls for a high-quality, affordable, flexible system of higher education that offers a wide range of educational options.
UC is part of a national trend in growing online enrollments, according to findings from the Sloan Consortium, an association of institutions dedicated to improving the quality of online education. The Sloan Consortium report, “Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008,” surveyed more than 2,500 colleges and universities and found that more than 3.9 million students took at least one online course in fall 2007, a 12 percent increase over the previous year. The report found that online enrollments are substantially exceeding the growth of the overall higher education student population.
UC’s distance learning enrollment has shown significant growth over this decade:
UC Students Enrolled in Distance Learning Degree Programs
The majority of UC’s distance learners, 1,716, are in programs in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). In addition to launching online coursework to provide more flexible options for students on campus, CECH is also growing online programs. As part of its strategic plan for the 2009-2010 academic year, the college is expecting its online programs to account for 50 percent of its student enrollment growth.
“We know that online options appeal to students who need to make progress towards their educational and career goals while juggling work and family responsibilities,” says Lisa Holstrom, assistant dean for CECH. “Now more than ever, these working professionals need online options that deliver both convenience and quality.”
Here are some of the new CECH options this fall in distance learning:
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
UC Makes Master’s Degree Program for Teachers Available Online
Beginning this fall, UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) will provide its master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction online so that Ohio’s teachers can take courses toward their master’s degree. The online master’s degree program gives teachers the option of several focus areas, including National Boards Certification; an endorsement for working with gifted, talented and creative children; or an endorsement for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). These focus areas mean additional career opportunities for Ohio teachers.
More background at this link: http://www.cech.uc.edu/education/programs/18MEDCI-DL/
New Online Program Track Serves Head Start Teachers
UC’s distance learning Early Childhood Learning Community (ECLC) this fall launches a new track to an online associate degree program for Head Start teachers who serve children from birth to the age of three. That is the period when children’s brains are growing the fastest. Supported by $1 million awarded by the Office of Head Start with a total of $3 million in anticipated funding, the partnership, “Mentor Infant and Toddler Teachers”(MITT), serves English-and-Spanish-speaking teachers serving infants and toddlers in early Head Start programs. The partnership is formed by UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, which is nationally accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); ZERO TO THREE, a national, nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the healthy development of babies and toddlers; WestEd, a nonprofit research, development and service agency that is dedicated to ensuring success for every learner; and Child Trends, an independent, social science research center dedicated to improving the lives of children by studying every stage of development. Early Childhood Learning Community
UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences reports the second-highest number of UC’s distance learners, with 804 projected for fall 2009. Melody Clark, academic director of distance education at UC, says the health care professions are high-demand areas for distance learners nationally. This fall, UC’s College of Nursing is making five specialized master degree tracks available online, which expands its graduate distance learning program options to eight.
“Distance learning provides an opportunity for nurses to advance in the profession while working their full-time jobs and their rotating schedules,” says Lou Ann Emerson, senior associate dean of the College of Nursing. “Furthermore, in a female dominated profession, distance learning brings opportunity to our students who are pursuing their education around the responsibilities of their jobs and their families.”
Student Profile of UC’s Distance Learners
In autumn 2009, 78.6 percent of UC’s distance learners (2,362) out of the 3,002 distance learners reported in 2009 are female. The majority of them (83 percent) are part-time students and earning an undergraduate degree (53 percent). Their average age is 34.7; 71.2 percent are Caucasian and 14.1 percent are African-American. They represented all 50 states as well as learners with the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe and the Pacific. Students also reported citizenship in 37 countries including the U.S., with the highest number of international students in 2009, 32, reporting they were from Canada.
UC’s Growth in Distance Learning Degree Programs
Degree Program Options- 2009
UC Colleges that Offer Distance-Learning Opportunities (programs, certificates or courses)
UC Colleges that Offer Degree Programs Online