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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Announce Winners of Online Program Initiative

MU officials are investing $2.2 million to enhance Mizzou’s online degree offerings.

February 8th, 2013

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

WHAT: University of Missouri officials will announce the winners of a new online program initiative designed to increase the accessibility of undergraduate and graduate programs. In August 2012, Jim Spain, interim vice provost for e-learning, announced that Mizzou would invest more than $2 million to enhance Mizzou’s online degree offerings. Through this new initiative, MU administrators hope to add undergraduate and graduate degree online programs by 2014. The winning proposals will be announced at this event.

WHO: Speakers include:

  • MU Chancellor Brady Deaton
  • MU Provost Brian Foster

WHEN: 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8

WHERE: Great Room

Reynolds Alumni Center

MU Campus

WHY: “We want to expand our online offerings so that students who might be unable to relocate to Columbia or have other limitations will still have the opportunity to obtain a Mizzou degree,” Spain said.

Currently, MU has five undergraduate degree programs and 61 graduate certificate and degree programs that are offered either in part or completely online. Current undergraduate programs include health sciences, respiratory therapy, radiography and the “RN to BSN” program for nurses. MU offers more than 600 courses online; students typically take these courses to satisfy a particular requirement in an on-campus degree program.

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