ERIC Number: ED317336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Rural Campus Reaches Out: Telecommunications at California State University, Chico.
Meuter, Ralph F.; Wright, Leslie J.
California State University (CSU) at Chico has been an innovative leader in distance education for many years. In 1969 CSU began offering external degree programs, delivered by faculty who commuted to community college locations around rural northern California. In the early 1970s a study on the needs of higher education in the area resulted in the creation of an extensive Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS), which replaced the commuting faculty. ITFS is a one-way video, two-way audio system that currently delivers single courses and entire degree programs to about 550 students at 16 learning sites. It also serves numerous educational groups, state agencies, and corporations. Classes are live broadcasts of regular on-campus sessions. The catalog of CSU's entire library collection is in machine readable format accessible to ITFS students. CSU installed a C-band satellite uplink in 1984 and a Ku-band uplink in 1986. CSU delivers courses leading to a Master's degree in computer science by satellite, with current enrollment of 200 corporate employees in 9 states, and is developing a Bachelor's degree in computer science for satellite delivery. Other CSU satellite telecommunications activities include teacher education courses provided for the TI-IN network through federal Star Schools funding, and both statewide and nationwide teleconferences. Appendices list CSU ITFS programs, the computer science course schedule for 1988-92, and teleconferences produced since 1985. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Chico.
Identifiers - Location: California