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Baylor should research possible courses, degrees via Internet

Nov. 6, 1997

There is more than just browsing on the Internet nowadays. Colleges and universities are providing courses on-line for college credit and even degrees in some cases.

According to Knight-Ridder Newspapers more than 2,000 accredited colleges offer on-line graduate or undergraduate degrees.

The University of Houston is offering five courses this spring via the Internet with two class meetings.

Geography will no longer be a hindrance as the Internet will allow students to obtain degrees from all over the world.

It will also be possible for students to hold a job and complete their degrees whenever it is convenient to them.

Baylor does not offer courses via the Internet at this time, but the continuing education department is looking at the possibilities for their department, director Annette Lindsey said.

'You have the opportunity to reach people not able to come to class,' Lindsay said.

A problem with this type of program is the initial hook-up to the Internet, said Dr. Reagan Ramsower, associate dean of technology of Hankamer School of Business.

But what is a little hassle when you can earn your degree from a comfortable spot in your home while holding down a job and raising a family?

This type of program would also reach people already pursuing careers that want to further their education.

Baylor alums could earn graduated degrees from their alma mater from their computer in Idaho.

Due to the many colleges offering courses via the Internet, Peterson's has published a book evaluating the school's offering on-line degrees.

The University of Phoenix is almost exclusively distance learning. The university has 47 'sites' all over the West. UCLA also offers a variety of courses via the Internet.

In 1993, 740 on-line students received degrees from the University of Maryland College.

This is working for other schools, so maybe it is time for Baylor to give it a try.

This would open up another avenue of education for Baylor and Waco. The university could spread more knowledge beyond the confines of the Baylor Bubble.

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