California State University, Chico Announces Online Degree Completion and Certificate Programs
California State University, Chico announces the offering of state-of-the-art online degree completion and certificate programs starting January 2001.
Over the next three years, more than 130 courses will be taught online
through Chico Distance & Online Education, including masters programs in
psychology and computer science; degree completion programs in political
science, social science, and sociology; six minors; four certificates; and
part-time teacher credential course programming. Partial degree completion
programs in liberal studies and computer science will also be available.
The majority of these courses were previously available via satellite to
selected learning center sites throughout California. This spring
they will be available online, improving student access and convenience.
To facilitate the launch of Chico Distance & Online Education, a new Web
site, http://www.csuchico.edu/online has been created to assist off-campus
students interested in enrolling in the degree completion, certificate and
graduate degree programs.
As the anchor university in its region, CSU, Chico initiated its first
distance education program in 1975, delivering educational programming
throughout its Northern California service area. Twenty-five years later,
CSU, Chico is considered a pioneer in providing distance education
throughout the state and the world, via live direct satellite and
“This is a logical next step for our campus. For the first time people
throughout the state and beyond will have online access to our fully
accredited degree and certificate programs direct from the comfort of their
homes or offices without the expense of relocation or commuting long
distances,” said CSU, Chico president Manuel A. Esteban.
Starting in January, more than 30 live video-streamed courses will be
available online. Currently, CSU, Chico is using HorizonLive, the leading
live, interactive distance learning platform now available on the Internet.
Online courses are designed to accommodate a student’s busy schedule. Many
of these courses will be digitally archived for convenient access by
students who cannot attend the live lecture or who want to review material
after the class session. Communication between students and faculty can
occur during the live class session and outside class via chat, e-mail,
discussion groups and telephone.
Online students must be regularly-admitted and meet the same university
admission and graduation requirements as on-campus students. They will find
that online courses require as much academic effort as those offered
on-campus. As with on-campus students, financial aid is available to online
students who meet eligibility criteria.
For more information and an online demonstration please visit the Chico
Distance & Online Education Web site at http://www.csuchico.edu/online or
Joe Picard, Regional and Continuing Education