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Week for distance learning is chance to discover online opportunities at UW-Platteville

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- National Distance Learning Week, Nov. 5-9, is a great chance to discover the many online learning opportunities at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The university provides eight accredited online degree programs, including, appropriately, a master's degree in distance education leadership, which is receiving national attention as one of only three such programs in the country.

"We really didn’t find that there was a critical mass of programs out there that would provide that knowledge and skill set for a virtual education leader or administrator," Candace Croft, coordinator of the distance education leadership program, told Converge magazine, which covers the convergence of education and technology in America. “This is really looking at an entirely new scenario and preparing leaders and administrators in that virtual education environment with a complete skill set."

UW-Platteville also provides master’s degrees in organizational change leadership, engineering, criminal justice, project management, and integrated supply chain management.  It also provides online bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice.

Online education has skyrocketed in the last decade. Eduventures estimates that in fall 2010, 2.78 million students enrolled in a fully online program, which represents 14 percent of all higher education enrollments. Furthermore, the Sloan Consortium reports that 1.6 million students enrolled in at least one online course in 2002, whereas 6.1 million students enrolled in fall 2010, representing 31 percent of all students enrolled in higher education.

“Being a distance education student enabled me to give each aspect of my life – family, education, my professional career, community activities, even basic relaxation time – the attention it deserved," said Dawn Wheeler, a graduate of UW-Platteville’s online bachelor’s degree in business  administration. 

Individuals of all ages participate in online education. About 40 percent of online students are younger than the age of 30; in fact, approximately one out of every five online students is younger than the age of 25.

Visit www.GoUWP.com, call 800.362.5460 or e-mail disted@uwplatt.edu for more on UW-Platteville and its accredited online programs.