Oregon State University may call Corvallis home, but thanks to its online campus, OSU students no longer have to. The school's Ecampus currently offers over 30 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs to students across the country. OSU promotes quality in their programming by allowing each department to determine which classes will be offered online, when they will be offered, and which faculty members will teach them. As of now, about 70 percent of students taking courses through OSU's Ecampus are non-residents, but a growing number of Oregonians are signing up.
"We have individuals who are now preferring online education," said Lisa Templeton, executive director of the Extended Campus programs. "People are growing up in an online world where they're very comfortable now. Education online is just a very comfortable thing and so many are opting for it and for some it's their preference. It's how they enjoy learning."
Students attending OSU in the traditional fashion can take advantage of online courses as well. Some use Ecampus to take classes that fill up quickly on campus. Instead of putting their name on a waitlist and hoping that spaces free up, many OSU students are just taking an equivalent course online. Templeton believes the Ecampus is a great option for students to have, particularly as a solution for overcrowded classes.
Speaking with the Corvallis Gazette-Times last year, Ecampus Associate Provost Dave King echoed these sentiments. "What we have found is that if the university is going to continue to grow and provide access physically, we're going to move to online access or blended courses," he said. "There are people talking in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 OSU students, but they can't hold them (in Corvallis), so where do the rest of them go?"
The Ecampus is also used for summer sessions, allowing students to continue their education without being stuck on campus all summer. Students can stay on track to graduate on time, or even try to graduate early using the Ecampus as a resource. This June, over 340 Oregon State graduates earned their degrees through online programs, including the first students to complete the university's online computer science professional degree.
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