Thursday, March 29, 2012

WSU launches new online sessions

David Cillay2David Cillay: “These options let students earn their degrees faster and more efficiently.”

     Washington State University is launching several new online options to help students accelerate their educations.
     The Intersession allows students to earn three credits in three weeks, and runs July 28-Aug. 19, between summer and fall semester.
     Two new six-week online sessions will be offered during summer semester, in addition to the regular 12-week courses. The sessions run from May 7-June 15, and June 18-July 27. About 40 six-week courses will be offered.
     “These options let students earn their degrees faster and more efficiently,” said David Cillay, assistant vice provost and executive director of the Center for Distance and Professional Education, which includes WSU Online. “It’s important that we provide flexibility for those whose lives don’t fit into a traditional academic schedule.” More...      The new sessions are open to both on-campus and online students. Priority registration for the sessions opens April 9. Summer registration is available in zzusis. Registration for the new Intersession is at
     WSU’s first launch of an accelerated online session came in December 2010, when the University piloted a three-week online Winter Session. The popularity of that session led to its expansion in 2011.
     “Delivering courses over the Internet removes geographic barriers,” Cillay said. “Expanding beyond season-based semesters removes scheduling obstacles—and both help fulfill our land grant mission of increasing access to a WSU education.”

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