Oregon State University Honored for Distance Degree Program
By Robert Hood, 541-737-0786
SOURCE: Mark Merickel, 541-737-3810
Oregon State University’s distance degree program in natural resources
has been recognized as one of the nation’s finest by the American Distance Education
While more than 100 universities nominated distance degree programs for recognition
in ADEC’s annual awards competition, OSU was one of only four programs to receive
the consortium’s Honorable Mention for Excellence in Distance Education award.
ADEC is an international consortium of state universities and land grant institutions
that provide distance education programs and services via the latest information
OSU’s natural resources degree is offered through the university’s colleges
of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, Liberal Arts, and Science. It has both an
on-campus component and a distance component that encompasses the final two
years of coursework. The OSU Department of Rangeland Resources oversees the
distance component of the program.
An interdisciplinary team that has been instrumental in developing the distance
natural resources program includes faculty from the Department of Rangeland
Resources, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences
and Department o f Agricultural and Resource Economics.
"This award is tremendous recognition for the great work of this team
and OSU, and the many other faculty and staff at the university who are providing
the highest quality educational programs to non-traditional and non-resident
students through OSU’s ex tended campus," said Mark Merickel, associate
dean for distance and continuing education.
As of Jan. 1, 2002, 55 students were seeking a bachelors of science degree
in this program, and an additional 30 were taking courses either from OSU or
other institutions in preparation for entry into the program. The students are
located in 19 states an d four countries in addition to the United States.
In all, OSU provides more than 45 courses from five colleges and 21 academic
departments that support natural resource offerings. These courses utilize a
range of delivery techniques including a mix of video- and web-based offerings,
individualized direc ted learning and interactive live television.
The natural resources degree program has been offered through distance education
since 1999. Most upper division course work is delivered via the web, videotapes,
and one-on-one with an instructor through individualized directed learning.
Lower division course work must be taken at community colleges or other institutions,
which offer all of the necessary lower division courses via distance delivery.
OSU will be honored April 14-16 at The Ohio State University during ADEC’s annual