The University of Toledo: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Division of Distance and eLearning
Toledo, Ohio


Distance Learning Program

The Division of Distance and eLearning 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, anytime, anywhere course is the Division of Distance and eLearning'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. Programs offered online are also offered in the traditional on-campus setting. The Division of Distance and eLearning has programs and courses to fit students' busy lifestyles. Courses are offered in business, communications, education, English, humanities, natural science, and social sciences. Among the programs that are currently in development is the Certificate in Business Management Technology, which is designed to cover all areas of management, including human resources, economics, marketing, and workplace diversity. Participants can finish the program in one year. Upon its completion, students are eligible to apply to the associate degree program.

The associate degree program in business management technology provides students with the foundation skills required for managing or owning a business. The 65-credit curriculum explores aspects of human resources, computer technology, marketing, accounting, and workplace diversity. Participants can obtain their associate degree within two years. A FastTrack option allows full-time students to complete the degree in as little as thirteen months.

The associate degree program in marketing and sales technology 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 associate degree program in computer software specialist studies gives students the necessary skills to organize and perform the activities related to the office environment and stresses the importance of computer software knowledge and professional certifications, such as Microsoft Officer User Specialist (MOUS). Graduates are not only highly marketable but also are prepared to sit for the Microsoft certification examination. Credits may be applied to a bachelor's degree.

The associate degree in programming and software development is designed to prepare students to work in the computer industry as programmers, software developers, data managers, and information system designers. Employment opportunities in this area are very strong. Credits may be applied to a bachelor's degree.

The associate degree in information services and support prepares students for careers in the computer industry as software and hardware support professionals, operating systems experts, information technologists, and computer technicians. Credits may be applied to a bachelor's degree.

Established in 1872, the University of Toledo (UT) has a diverse enrollment of more than 17,000 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 Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized to offer degrees online. UT is recognized as a leader in distance education in Ohio.

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 students 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 certificate, students may choose to apply the credits to an associate degree.

The Adult Liberal Studies (ALS) bachelor's degree program is designed for adult students. 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. Transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution may also be applied to the ALS program.

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 sciences, and visual arts as well as a master's thesis. Admission to the program is open year-round. A minimum grade point average 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 credit hours, 30 for course work and 6 in a work-related project. The program combines engineering and business courses. The work-related project is completed in coordination with the student's employer and 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. A minimum 2.7 GPA is required for admission.

Student Services

The Division of Distance and eLearning provides comprehensive student services by experienced professionals and 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 and eLearning'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. The University is a member of the OhioLINK consortium, which provides students online access to library resources from university and college libraries across the state of Ohio. Technical support is available days, evenings, and weekends to all online students. The University of Toledo's Division of Distance and eLearning 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. There is no special designation on the transcript. Students who have attended a regionally accredited college or university may be able to transfer those credits. Students should contact the Division of Distance and eLearning at 866-886-5336 (toll free) or [email protected] The University of Toledo is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and is authorized to offer degrees online.

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 and fees for online courses are the same as for on-campus courses. Tuition rates vary depending on residency status. An admission fee of $40 must be submitted with the application for admission. A one-time $25 matriculation fee is charged at the time of registration. Scholarships are available for both in-state and out-of-state students. Prospective students should visit the Distance and eLearning Web site for additional information.

CONTACT

Janet Green, Assistant Director of Marketing and Enrollment
Division of Distance and eLearning
The University of Toledo
401 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1005
Phone: 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 all previous colleges or universities. Applications are available online or through the mail.

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