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Academic Outreach

Academic Outreach

Academic Outreach (AO) is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach at WKU. The mission of AO is to bring learning opportunities to students outside the traditional university classroom and/or calendar, and provide them with the tools they need to achieve their educational goals. AO is comprised of five areas dedicated to this mission: Dual Credit, Cohort Programs, WKU Online, Summer Sessions and Winter Term.

Dual Credit Cohort Programs Online Program Services Online Program Development Summer Sessions / Winter Term

Dual Credit provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credit as part of their high school curriculum. Courses are offered in-person at partner-schools and online, and taught by credentialed faculty who meet all accreditation standards set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cohort Programs works with academic departments to create quality college credit programs, regardless of institutional boundaries. These programs are designed for a specific number of students, a cohort, who will move through the coursework together. We partner with business and industry to develop customized courses, certificates, and degree programs that meet the needs of our partners.

Online Program Services provides student support for online learners and partners with academic departments and other offices across campus to assist students in meeting their educational goals. WKU Online includes On Demand courses and other options that allow students to choose when they start and where they study!

Online Program Development extends programmatic support to academic departments to facilitate the development of online learning courses and programs and the recruitment of distance students. Additionally, the office supports online learning at WKU through data and compliance reporting including survey submissions.  

Summer Session courses are available at all four campus locations, On Demand, Online, and through Study Abroad and Study Away. Winter Term provides students an opportunity to earn course credit in an intensive session between the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer and Winter classes allow students to speed up progress toward their degree or stay on track by catching up on courses dropped or missed.



Information about accreditation can be found through the Office of the Provost.

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 Last Modified 2/8/21