Big Ten School in Cyberspace: A Brief History of Penn State’s World Campus

January 18, 2002

In his 1996 State of the University Address, Penn State’s President Graham Spanier first outlined his ambitious goals for a new, “virtual” Penn State campus – the World Campus. “I believe the World Campus will change the shape of the land-grant university in the 21st century,” said Spanier. “We are creating a university without walls that can provide anytime, anywhere access to learning. This will have a powerful impact on the education and training needs of the people of Pennsylvania and learners worldwide.”