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WKU On Demand

About Us

WKU On Demand is a unit of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) at Western Kentucky University.


WKU On Demand recognizes the needs of individuals to pursue educational experiences outside the traditional college classroom due to personal situations unique to each individual.

Celebrating the Now and Embarking on the Future

WKU is the only four year institution that continues to offer self-paced non-semester based courses in the state of Kentucky. WKU On Demand prides itself on that realization and the staff works diligently to continue to support this alternate pathway for students.

On average, WKU On Demand has over 1,500 enrollments annually and more than 450 students who graduate from the University each academic year have completed an on demand course that counted towards their degree requirements. WKU On Demand students span all over the U.S. and even the world---from military bases in Afghanistan to the shores of Hawaii.

On Demand courses offer the flexibility that students need in order to balance life and work responsibilities. Self-paced On Demand courses have provided many students with the educational opportunities that would have otherwise been out of their reach. We are committed to expanding options available to students and welcome you to learn more about how you can complete a course---any day, anytime, and anywhere.

History – A Great Tradition: Est. 1920

WKU On Demand has a long history as part of the WKU community and 94 years of experience assisting students and providing alternate learning opportunities.

Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 as "Western Kentucky State Normal School." 2006 marked WKU’s celebration of A Century of Spirit.

On December 30, 1919, President H. H. Cherry and the Board of Regents held a special meeting where they authorized many improvements for the school. Among those was the following: "The establishment of an Extension Course of study at the State Normal School." On November 18, 1920, The Correspondence and Extension Courses of Study was fully and successfully organized and deemed one of the school’s most successful achievements. The students enrolled in self-paced courses had proven themselves according to the Board of Regents report on April 2, 1926. "These classes of students are made up of those who are ambitious and persevering. They have fully appreciated the advantages offered and the services extended."

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 Last Modified 8/19/15