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UC’s Distance Learning Options Expand for Fall

Three UC colleges are expanding distance learning options for students who are getting their learning time in on their own time.

Date: 9/14/2011 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati launches several new distance learning programs this fall as UC transforms education by addressing the diverse needs of its students. UC is projecting an enrollment of 3,915 students in distance learning programs, up 9.8 percent from last fall.

UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business and College of Allied Health Sciences are expanding distance learning opportunities.

CECH at UC holds the majority of the university’s distance learning students as well as offerings of degree programs. This fall, the college is starting 11 new, online certificate programs for teachers who want to gain experience in numerous fields of education.

Programs range from gaining skills to cope with school bullying to assisting young students who are not only trying to learn in the classroom, but are also trying to learn English as their second language.

The UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business is launching an online graduate certificate in marketing. Students can choose between four tracks of study:

  • Practice Building – For learners who are starting or joining a professional services firm, this track teaches demand generation – skills and activities to attract and retain more customers.
  • Corporate Marketing – For professionals seeking roles in the corporate setting, this track teaches brand building and large product portfolio management.
  • Creative Services – For designers, artists and musicians, this track teaches technicians in the creative field to succeed at commercializing their creations.
  • Technical Sales – For the technical expert who works directly with customers, this track trains professionals to sell or consult successfully.

According to the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), only 37 out of 469 accredited business schools in the United States offer graduate certificates. For more background on the certificate, see:

A collaboration with the UC College of Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences and Carl H. Lindner College of Business launched a new online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program that began classes over the summer. The degree is geared toward students who want to become leaders in the health care field.

UC’s growth in students enrolled in distance learning programs has rocketed from 213 at the start of this decade to a projected 3,915 this fall (final fall figures are reported in mid October).

The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning found that national online enrollments continued to grow substantially, with more than 5.6 million students taking at least one course during the fall 2009 term – an increase of one million students over the previous academic year. The national survey measured the online enrollment growth rate at 21 percent, compared with two percent growth in the overall college student population.

UC’s first distance learning program dates back to 1984, with correspondence courses provided by the Open Learning Fire Science Program. A total of 10 UC colleges now offer distance learning opportunities through courses, certificates or programs.

Statistics on Distance Learning at UC

Distance Learning and Outreach at UC

Distance Learning & Outreach Degree Programs