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BSC "Going the Distance" by Offering A.S. Degree Program Completely by Distance Learning

Bluefield State College's associate degree program in general studies is now available completely via distance learning. The program makes it possible for students to complete the requirements for the program through regular distance learning courses at BSC's electronic classrooms, along with PBS Instructional Television (ITV) courses at the institution's campuses in Bluefield, Beckley, and Lewisburg. As a participant in "Going The Distance," a national PBS initiative for the delivery of degree programs through distance learning, BSC will offer at least 10 telecourses per year at the College's three campuses, noted Dr. Tom Blevins, Bluefield State Director of Instructional Technology. "West Virginia needs to expand access to higher education for job training, as well as associate and baccalaureate education, because the state has one of the lowest college-going rates in the nation," Blevins said. "Adopting new technologies is a means of reaching more people who need our services. With less money and increased demand, distance learning permits the development of quality, technologically-driven instruction." "Baccalaureate classes may also be taken by ITV to complete the requirements for a Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)," Blevins added. Information on utilization of ITV instruction to meet RBA requirements may be obtained by contacting RBA Director Annette Osborne (327-4502), and additional information on the associate degree general studies program through distance learning may be obtained by calling Dr. Blevins (327-4059). Blevins was also named recently to the "Governor's Information and Technology Council," and has been invited to attend the monthly meetings of the "Governor's Science and Technology Committee." He has also been named to the Instructional Technology Advisory Committee, a committee of higher education representatives dealing with technology issues.