Bluefield State College is located in Bluefield, West Virginia; it is a historically black college originally founded as a black teachers college in the year of 1895. The college was integrated in the year 1954 and within a decade’s time Bluefield State College was soon offering 4 years programs in teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology as well. Interestingly enough, today only 20 percent of the college’s total student body is African American. Bluefield State College offers students an interesting and diverse experience on campus as well as some limited options off campus for distance learning programs. Bluefield State College offers wide variety of off campus courses at centers in Beckley, Lewisburg, Summersville and Welch, West Virginia. This serves as Bluefield State College’s distance learning program.
Bluefield State College is a public institution that currently offers both baccalaureate and associate degrees to students; it is currently the only non-residential four-year college in the West Virginia system. Right now Bluefield State College has 14 nationally accredited programs of study; the student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Some of the degrees they offer are B.A. in Humanities, B.A. in Social Science, B.S. in Accountancy, and B.S. in Business Administration. The college also offers Instructional programs in arts and sciences, nursing and health science professions, and a variety of other fields as well. Bluefield State College works closely with two year colleges’ programs in the state of West Virginia to create a distance learning program for students. The schools work together to create opportunities to make the associate degree at these other schools applicable towards the degree at Bluefield State College; Bluefield State College also provides distance learning at these other institutions.
Bluefield State College offers a few variations in their distance learning programs; they have their Interactive Video Network or IVN and Asynchronous Distance Learning or commonly referred to as DL. Interactive Video Network or IVN is conducted at one of the partner institutions at Bluefield, Beckley, Lewisburg, Summersville, or Welch. Classes are conducted through video on a weekly basis. Asynchronous Distance Learning or commonly referred to as DL is basically distance learning through email and some through world wide web module ( for example Blackboard) so the student may have the ability to work from home. The work is usually given to the student by form of study guides, videos, email, webpages and so on; the tests may be open book or not under the instructor’s discretion. Completing projects and papers will be a necessary part of the completing the class successfully.
Bluefield State College really does have many options available to students to make pursuing their academic aspirations both convenient and fulfilling, especially for students in the West Virginia Area. Bluefield State College along with the locations at Bluefield, Beckley, Lewisburg, Summersville, and Welch has created a strong network to reach more students and create more opportunities than they ever could individually. At these locations students may attend distance learning classes with instructors at Bluefield State College through video or they may work towards their baccalaureate degree at Bluefield State College.