Bluefield State College has been selected to be one of 50 institutions of higher education to take part in phase one of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) "electronic campus," through which students from across the region can take courses at scores of colleges and universities. The electronic campus, which will offer more than 100 courses electronically during the semester beginning in January, 1998, was created by SREB to permit students to enter the electronic marketplace and take courses pledged to adhere to the "Principles of Good Practice," developed by SREB's Educational Technology Cooperative. Marshall University and BSC are the only West Virginia institutions of higher education participating in the initial phase of the electronic campus. SREB President Mark Musick notes, "We expect that many more colleges and universities, offering possibly hundreds of courses, will want to become part of the electronic campus in the fall semester, 1998 when we hope to move to full operation. The electronic campus will bring additional educational opportunities more conveniently to citizens across the region where they live and work." Musick said the barriers of geography and time that have limited higher education for many are being pushed aside through this electronic campus approach. The SREB is the nation's first interstate compact for the advancement of education, identifying and directing attention to key issues in education; collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable educational data; conducting studies on educational concerns; and initiating discussions directed to state and institutional long-range planning, actions and policy proposals affecting education. West Virginia is one of 15 member SREB states. Students may visit the SREB website, "www.srec.sreb.org" to get information about courses.