Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UIS recognized for quality of classes, degrees available on the Web

With more than six out of every 10 students at the University of Illinois Springfield taking a class online instead of on campus, UIS has emerged as a leader in a field that’s changing the face of higher education.

For UIS, it’s the future. “I don’t think there’s a going back,” said UIS public administration professor Will Miller, who teaches half of his classes online and half on campus. “There’s going to be a mixture of both.”

The campus recently received two awards for online programs and leadership from the Sloan Consortium, a nonprofit organization that is a leader in promoting online learning. UIS, a member of the consortium along with dozens of other universities, including Harvard Business School, has received awards from Sloan before, as well as more than $3 million in grants over the years to establish its online offerings, which include graduate and undergraduate degrees.

The online awards were featured in a November 17, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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