ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

Office Hours

More students trying WSU’s online campus

There is a growing group of Washington State University students who rarely set foot on school property.

They may not even live near Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver or the Tri-Cities while taking classes. They are members of the university’s fifth campus — the one that exists primarily online.

David Cillay, executive director for WSU’s Center for Distance and Professional Education, said more students should have access to online courses at WSU in the near future.

”What we’re really hoping to do is grow our online program mix,” Cillay told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. ”We’re looking at what we offer on campus and finding ways to move those online.”

The effort is not motivated by WSU’s budget, he said, though online courses could bring in more students and therefore more money. The university is simply looking to reach out to more Washington residents who may not be able to relocate to campus in order to get a degree.



”The mission of the land grant institution is to provide access to education,” Cillay said. ”Online education seems to be the 21st century rethinking of the land grant mission.”

Through online courses, students like Erica Vieira of Seattle are able to attend a trusted university without spending time away from their families. Vieira — a 32-year-old wife and mother of three — will earn her bachelor’s degree in human development through WSU this December, and she only has been to Pullman a few times.

That does not mean she has not felt involved in campus life. Two years into her studies, Vieira was elected vice president of the university’s online student government. Every couple of months, the group meets with leaders of WSU’s other campuses, and Vieira said e-students plan gatherings with one another as well. This month, she will join other online students at an organized gathering before a football game in Seattle.

”You never have to travel too far, if you feel you’re missing out,” Vieira said.


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Office Hours

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

Sign up for our business email newsletter
Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Office Hours.

Contributors

Alison Boggs (@alisonboggs) Online Producer Alison Boggs posts and manages content on spokesman.com and its social networking accounts.

Recent work by Alison

Scott Maben Scott Maben is a Deputy City Editor who covers North Idaho news and higher education.

Addy Hatch is the city editor, and formerly was business editor.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here