Extending Educational Opportunties
The Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) was created in 2003 to provide customized learning opportunities to meet specific needs.
DELO is the outreach arm of the University, offering both credit and noncredit classes to students of all ages. DELO also works with businesses and organizations to provide customized training, plan special events, and develop degree programs that meet specific needs. The following units are part of this division:
• Distance Learning
• Academic Outreach
• Continuing & Professional Development
• Conference Services
• Study Away
Distance Learning is an exciting and rapidly growing method of connecting students to higher education. The benefits to students are numerous, including flexible locations and flexible schedules. Distance Learning encompasses online student support, Independent Learning classes, faculty support services, and the campus testing centers.
The Office of Academic Outreach is home to credit programming in the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach: Dual Credit, Cohort Programs, Online Program Services, and Summer Sessions/Winter Term. The Office supports WKU’s academic departments with student recruitment and program administration to reach students through online, off-site, and other outreach programs.
The Cohort Programs unit creates college credit programs by partnering with business, industry, and community groups to develop customized courses, certificates, and degree programs that meet their needs. These programs are designed for a specific number of students (a Cohort) that move through the program coursework together.
The Dual Credit Program is a partnership with area high schools to offer qualified students the opportunity to earn college credit as part of their high school curriculum. Dual Credit courses are offered at area high schools during regular school hours by WKU faculty or by high school teachers who meet all accreditation standards according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Select online courses are now available to high school students as well.
Summer Sessions at WKU offers many convenient courses that can be completed online, at the Bowling Green campus, and at the WKU Regional campuses. WKU Summer Sessions is available to all students, whether they are just starting college, are close to graduation, or just want to pick up some summer college courses.
Winter Term was first offered at WKU in January 2006 as an optional three–week session in which students can take up to four credit hours. WKU Winter Term offers general education classes as well as electives for both undergraduate and graduate students. Classes are available face-to-face at the Bowling Green campuses and at the WKU Regional Campuses located in Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox, Owensboro, and Glasgow. There are also study abroad opportunities during Winter Term, and many classes are available online.
Continuing & Professional Development
The new unit of Continuing & Professional Development resulted from merging the former Center for Training & Development and the Office of Continuing Education. Based on feedback from community leaders and internal WKU leadership, these two former offices have been recently renamed Career and Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning, respectively. Career & Workforce Development administers professional development, workforce training, and career development programs. Lifelong Learning will oversee non-credit personal enrichment programs.
WKU Conference Services offers options for event venues such as the recently expanded Knicely Center and the new Augenstein Alumni Conference Center, along with a comprehensive event planning department. Services include assistance with planning and coordinating every aspect of an event, large or small.
The Study Away program, created in 2010, provides off-campus courses that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. Students in the Study Away program earn WKU credit in courses taught by WKU faculty. Examples of Study Away courses are Fly Fishing in Montana, Storm Chasing through the Plains, and Life and Literature of Chicago. Study Away provides support for Faculty-led Study Abroad in partnership with the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning. Through the National Student Exchange, students can challenge themselves in a new setting to add to the college experience by studying for a year or a semester at another university within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.