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Fall registration under way for online classes

Aug. 30, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Nearly 70 percent of the general education requirements, including at least one class per study area, for a Western Michigan University undergraduate degree can now be completed online, and fall registration for online courses is currently open to new and returning students.

WMU's Academic Technology and Instructional Services provides high-quality educational opportunities to students who are unable to travel to campus, but still want to pursue their academic goals. Students enrolled at other colleges and universities can enroll as guest students, and dual-enrolled high school students or international students can begin earning their degrees online prior to arriving at WMU.

"Our online offerings have grown dramatically over the past two years," says Craig Kaml, interim director of ATIS and associate dean of Extended University Programs. "We're serving everyone from students on active duty in Iraq to working parents who want to pursue a degree by taking classes at a time that dovetails best with their family responsibilities. Online courses offer students incredible flexibility."

Several WMU programs are offered entirely online. They include a master's degree program in educational technology and a bachelor's degree program in family studies and child development, which is offered in coordination with area community colleges or online with the Michigan Virtual Learning Collaborative--mccvlc.org. Online offerings also include an undergraduate minor in alcohol and drug abuse and "Troops-to-Teachers" post-baccalaureate teacher certification.

Students enrolled in WMU e-learning courses have around-the-clock online access to view, download and print assignments; read and contribute to class discussions; and review faculty feedback. Students can interact with other students, share ideas and debate issues. Students also have access to a wide range of WMU online libraries and services.

Information for online undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as registration, can be found at www.atis.wmich.edu/courses.html. Students can also sign up for e-mail notification of new courses and can be added to a waiting list for popular courses.

Media contact: Megan Anderson (269) 387-4120, m.anderson@wmich.edu

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