Universities just starting to tap huge online degree market

UW faculty wants to make sure the programs meet UW standards, said Patricia Kramer, an associate professor of anthropology and head of the faculty council.

“We want to make this something that people in a nontraditional setting can get their arms around,” she said. “We value this experience so much that we want to make sure we don’t water it down.”

Global Campus

Meanwhile, at WSU, the university’s Global Campus enrollment has grown from 1,800 students last spring to 2,200 students this spring — most of those students from the west side of the state.

WSU has offered bachelor’s degree completion programs for 20 years now, and four years ago it began offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs entirely online, said Dave Cillay, Global Campus vice president.

As at the UW, the WSU programs must go through a rigorous review process and be approved by the faculty; Cillay described it as “a very rigorous vetting of whether the course can be delivered online.”

WSU recently launched a bachelor’s in psychology, and master’s degrees in criminal justice and in strategic communications. All of WSU’s degree programs cost the same as the programs offered on campus.

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