Campus: CSU, Chico -- October 12, 2000

California State University, Chico Announces Online Degree Completion and Certificate Programs

California State University, Chico announces the offering of state-of-the-art online degree completion and certificate programs starting January 2001.

Over the next three years, more than 130 courses will be taught online through Chico Distance & Online Education, including masters programs in psychology and computer science; degree completion programs in political science, social science, and sociology; six minors; four certificates; and part-time teacher credential course programming. Partial degree completion programs in liberal studies and computer science will also be available.

The majority of these courses were previously available via satellite to selected learning center sites throughout California. This spring semester, they will be available online, improving student access and convenience. CSU, Chico faculty and instructional designers have worked diligently over the last year to transition the television-based instruction to an online format.

To facilitate the launch of Chico Distance & Online Education, a new Web site, has been created to assist off-campus students interested in enrolling in the degree completion, certificate and graduate degree programs.

As the anchor university in its region, CSU, Chico initiated its first distance education program in 1975, delivering educational programming throughout its Northern California service area. Twenty-five years later, CSU, Chico is considered a pioneer in providing distance education throughout the state and the world, via live direct satellite and Internet-based technologies.

"This is a logical next step for our campus. For the first time people throughout the state-and beyond-will have online access to our fully accredited degree and certificate programs direct from the comfort of their homes or offices without the expense of relocation or commuting long distances," said CSU, Chico president Manuel A. Esteban.

In 1997, CSU, Chico began offering a limited number of online courses, and was one of the first universities in the world to successfully demonstrate live faculty lectures via streamed video over the Internet.

Starting in January, more than 30 live video-streamed courses will be available online. Currently, CSU, Chico is using HorizonLive, the leading live, interactive distance learning platform now available on the Internet.

Online courses are designed to accommodate a student's busy schedule. Many of these courses will be digitally archived for convenient access by students who cannot attend the live lecture or who want to review material after the class session. Communication between students and faculty can occur during the live class session and outside class via chat, e-mail, discussion groups and telephone.

Online students must be regularly-admitted and meet the same university admission and graduation requirements as on-campus students. They will find that online courses require as much academic effort as those offered on-campus. As with on-campus students, financial aid is available to online students who meet eligibility criteria.

For more information and an online demonstration please visit the Chico Distance & Online Education Web site at or call 530-898-6105.

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