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University of Toledo: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

University of Toledo

Division of Distance Learning

Toledo, Ohio


DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM

The Division of Distance Learning was established in June 1995 to meet UT's distance learning mission. The Division provides greater access to educational opportunities for learners in Ohio and worldwide.

DELIVERY MEDIA

Student-faculty interaction is accomplished through e-mail, chat room discussions, bulletin board postings, CD-ROM, and telephone. The majority of courses are offered via the Internet in an asynchronous environment.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Academic success in a flexible, any-time, anywhere course is the Division of Distance Learning's goal. The Division works with colleges throughout the University to provide a variety of courses and degree programs taught by leading UT faculty members. The Division of Distance Learning has programs and courses to fit students' busy lifestyles. Courses are offered in business, communications, education, English, humanities, natural science, and social science. Among the programs that are currently in development is the Certificate in Business Management Technology, which is designed to cover all are as of management, including human resources, economics, marketing, and workplace diversity. The 24-credit program consists of eight courses: business principles, workplace communication and presentation, organizational behavior, work place management, human resource development, managing in a global economy, managing diversity in the workplace, and marketing principles. Participants can finish the program in one year. Upon its completion, students are eligible to apply to the associate degree program.

The associate degree in business management technology program provides students with the foundation skills required for managing or owning a business. The65-credit curriculum explores aspects of human resources, computer technology, marketing, accounting, and workplace diversity. Participants can obtain their associate degree within two years.

The associate degree in marketing and sales technology program allows students to develop the business skills necessary to recognize changes in the marketplace and in technology. This program gives students the ability to specialize in the process of bringing raw materials from the producer to the customer. Credits can be applied to a bachelor's degree.

The Bachelor of Science degree in health information management (HIM) is a degree completion program. Students with an associate degree in health information technology or a related field may apply those credits to the bachelor's degree program. The program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. After review by the AHIMA Council on Accreditation, a recommendation is forwarded to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Upon approval of the HIM program by AHIMA, graduates are able to sit for the national certification examination to become registered health information administrators (RHIA). The development of the online courses for the health information management program is made possible through a grant from the Ohio Learning Network.

Established in 1872, the University of Toledo (UT) has a diverse enrollment of more than 20,000 students representing nearly ninety countries. Located in the heart of Toledo in northwest Ohio, the University plays an important role in the region. Faculty members participate in research, are involved in the community, and are committed to teaching. Eight colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Pharmacy, Law, and University College—offer a variety of certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. UT is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized as a leader among Ohio's public colleges and universities.

Campus features include beautiful grounds, new residence halls, a nationally recognized Student Recreation Center, and the Glass Bowl Stadium, home of the Rockets. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranks UT as one of the Top 100 Most Wired Colleges in the country.

The Diversity Management Certificate provides participants with the necessary skills to understand and manage diversity in the workplace as it relates to cultural knowledge; cultural sensitivity; cultural communications; hiring, training, and promotion tactics; equal employment opportunity; and inclusivity. Participants learn how to create a bias-free workplace, develop diversity training for all types of organizations as well as learn to set up mentoring programs and diversity councils. Upon completion of the Diversity Management Certificate, students may choose to apply the completed courses to an associate degree.

The Adult Liberal Studies Program is intended for students aged 25 and older. Students complete topical seminars in humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences along with an individualized component of traditional courses. Students may qualify for experiential credit via portfolio or credit through CLEP testing.

The computer science and engineering technology program provides the last two years of a B.S. degree in computer science and engineering technology. The curriculum focuses on aspects of computer networking and Web-based programming. Applicants must have an associate degree in electrical engineering technology or a closely related program. UT partners with several community colleges throughout Ohio in providing the first two years of the curriculum.

The Master of Liberal Studies is a flexible customized graduate program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. It provides students the option of taking courses from a variety of areas. Students are required to complete seminars in the humanities, social sciences, natural science, and visual arts, as well as a master's thesis. Admission to the program is open year-round. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 is required. Applicants with a lower GPA can enroll provisionally and must take the GRE.

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program consists of 36 credits, 30 for course work and 6 in a work-related project. The 9-credit engineering core has courses in management of projects and technical innovation, advanced computational methods, and applied probability and statistics in engineering and management science. The 9-credit business core has courses in financial and managerial accounting, analysis of manufacturing and service systems, and business, government, and society. The work-related project is completed in coordination with the student's employer. It is meant to study and solve a challenge the organization faces. To qualify for the M.S.E. program, students must have a related bachelor's degree and significant work experience. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA under 2.7 must take the GRE.

STUDENT SERVICES

The University of Toledo's Division of Distance Learning offers a wide range of services to assist students in becoming involved participants in the online learning process. Students have access to a number of services through the Division of Distance Learning's Web site, including online applications, applications for financial aid, registration, academic advising, information on software to purchase, and access to the UT Bookstore, Career Services, and UT's online library (Ohio Link). Technical support is available to all online students. To view technical support hours, students may visit http://www.dl.utoledo.edu. The University of Toledo's Division of Distance Learning makes it a priority to provide excellent student services to distance learners.

CREDIT OPTIONS

College credits earned through distance learning courses are recorded on a University of Toledo transcript in the same manner as credits earned in on-campus courses. Students who have attended a regionally accredited college or university may be able to transfer credits. Students should contact the Division of Distance Learning at 866-886-5336 (toll-free) or [email protected] NCA accreditation for online programs is in process.

ADMISSION

All distance learners must be admitted to the University of Toledo. Distance learners must meet the same requirements as traditional college students and must meet the minimum computer requirements for Internet and CD-ROM courses. Special-status admission is available for nondegree students.

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for online courses is the same as that for on-campus courses. Tuition rates vary depending on residency status. An admissions fee of $40 and a matriculation fee of $25 are charged upon submission of an application. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

CONTACT

Janet Green, Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment
Distance Learning
University of Toledo
401 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1005
Telephone: 866-886-5336 (toll-free)
Fax: 419-321-5147
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.dl.utoledo.edu

APPLYING

Prospective students should submit an official application along with necessary documentation, an official high school transcript, GED scores, or official transcripts from a previous college or university and should complete any assessment procedures. Applications are available online or through the mail.

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