ERIC Number: ED390501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-19
Reference Count: N/A
Serving Underserved Areas through Off-Campus Coursework and Telecommunications. Joint Report to the Illinois Board of Education and Illinois Community College Board.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
To respond to the needs of place-bound adult students, an increasing emphasis has been placed on off-campus credit activities in the state of Illinois. During academic year 1995, 52,609 off-campus courses were offered in the state, with the Illinois Community College System accounting for 78.6% of these offerings and independent colleges accounting for 14%. In Illinois, 10 regional consortia of colleges and universities have been formed to coordinate plans and help serve the educational needs of different geographical areas of the state. The consortia have begun to develop a statewide telecommunications-based instructional delivery system to expand statewide access to underserved areas. A fall 1995 survey of telecommunications activity for the consortia indicated that between fall 1994 and 1995, the number of courses offered over interactive telecommunications had more than doubled among consortia statewide. One of the major obstacles to the use of telecommunications technologies in the delivery of off-campus courses has been the complex nature of regulations and pricing structures, but advances in telecommunications technologies are encouraging further coursework sharing across district boundaries. Detailed tables of course offerings and enrollments are included. Appendixes provide a list of higher education institutions in Illinois, a map of regional consortia, and a list of consortia members. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
Note: Prepared as Agenda Item 12 at a Meeting of the Illinois Community College Board (Springfield, IL, January 19, 1996).