Institutional perspective on online education at Penn State

Jonathan P. Mathews, David DiBiase

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Abstract

This paper examines the institutional context within which online education has taken root at a large, state-related, doctoral university. Like many peer institutions, Penn State offers online courses to students on campus as well as continuing adult professionals who pursue certificates and degrees away from campus. The paper focuses on one academic colleges - the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences - which has targeted online learning as a strategic priority. Although the College is relatively small, including only 5 academic departments, it accounts for one in four of resident online enrollments at its main campus, and now serves more off-campus postbaccalaureate certificate and degree seekers than on campus graduate students. The paper discusses the strategies and policies that account, at least in part, for the growth of online learning in the College as well as the University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS
Pages29-32
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9806560809, 9789806560802
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2006Jul 23 2006

Publication series

NameEISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/20/067/23/06

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Education

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Mathews, J. P., & DiBiase, D. (2006). Institutional perspective on online education at Penn State. In EISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings (pp. 29-32). (EISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings; Vol. 2). International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS.