Oregon State University Honored for Distance Degree Program

February 13, 2002

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