University of Kansas Distance Learning

The University of Kansas was created in 1866 and has grown to become the largest university in the state, with multiple campuses outside of its main center in Lawrence, including its Medical Center in Kansas City, research sites in Parsons and Topeka, and a continuing education division located on the Edwards campus in Overland Park.

Recognized throughout the south and around the world, “KU’s many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a center for learning, research, scholarship, and creative endeavor”, attracting a student body in excess of 30,000 across all its campuses. KU grants around 4,000 undergrad degrees annually, along with 2200+ Master’s, PhD, and professional degrees (about 1/3 of the undergrad and 2/3 of the graduate degrees given out in the state annually). With 200 fields of study including renowned medical, law, business, and architecture programs, KU has majors perfect for all of its students, including programs that are in the top nationwide for quality. Faculty are 97% terminally degreed in their fields and number almost 2500 all told.

There is a vibrant distance learning environment at KU, with graduate and undergraduate courses provided online, through correspondence, and for both credit and for professional development. For online degree seekers, there is currently only a blended Master of Social Work (as KU was the first college to offer academic sociology programs back in 1890) offered that requires only one day of in class work every other week (with two locations to choose from, the Lawrence campus during the week and the Edwards campus for Saturday students), while all other work is web based.

However, there are so many online classes offered, that students can accomplish large portions of their degree and general education requirements (for BA and BGS tracts) through the Internet. Online offerings run from undergrad to graduate and upper-level, though most courses do require proctored exams (whether in Lawrence or at an arranged location with a certified proctor). Using email, video/audio streaming, and web based lessons that imitate the experience and education of traditional classes. Correspondence course using snail mail (or email in some cases)to deliver and receive assignments are also available, which may also have online components to them and also largely require proctored exams. Both options are mainly designed for traditional students looking to add a flexible option to accelerate their college.

High school students can save money and time by taking online KU courses that earn dual credits, used at both the secondary and college levels. There are also online professional programs for those already in the workforce, with web-based certification courses in Engineering/Manufacturing, Education, and Aerospace areas. Weekend and evening classes are also available, with everything from test prep to non-credit short courses and symposiums that utilize KU’s massive resources to provide professional development and additional education to all seekers.

Strong athletic programs are in place here, as well as numerous study abroad opportunities (more than 110 programs in 70 countries) and internships located all over Kansas (which is never far away from a KU campus). The Kenneth Spencer Research Library is one of the largest, most distinguished, and utilized repositories in the state and, speaking of research, KU houses not only one of the premier medical centers in the country, but also incredible programs throughout their schools/colleges, including a School of Pharmacy that ranked second in research grants received.

A place for education, athletics, research, and success, KU is a comprehensive higher learning institute, with all the resources for success both in the classroom, in the lab, and on the web.

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