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Off-campus and distance learning reunited

June 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University units that serve primarily off-campus students have been reunited into a single administrative unit.

WMU's Extended University Programs, which oversees courses offered at eight branch campuses around Michigan, and Academic Technology and Instructional Services, which offers online courses, were realigned, with ATIS brought under the Extended University Programs administrative structure.

The realignment of the two units that were united prior to 2005 is expected to create "a more seamless and cohesive organizational structure that will enhance the University's ability to serve audiences away from the Kalamazoo campus," says Provost Janet I. Pisaneschi, vice president for academic affairs.

According to Pisaneschi, the realigned units will work closely and collaboratively with academic units to extend educational opportunities to students, regardless of their location or mode of instruction. Using a variety of delivery methods alone or in combination, single courses or full academic programs can be offered to a broader student audience. Face-to-face instruction may be combined with e-learning and video streaming or tape-delayed presentations to ensure student delivery needs are met.

Together, the two units serve some 3,000 students. Dr. Craig Kaml, director of ATIS since 2002, will continue to lead online efforts and will report to Dr. Darrell Johnson, dean of EUP since 2006.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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