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Distance Learning - West Lafayette Campus
(for Academic Year 2005-06)
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Purdue defines distance learning as a structured learning process by which a student is physically removed from both the instructor and the instructional setting associated with the campus, but has the opportunity to interact with the instructor or other students in educational activities. At Purdue, learners participate in degree programs, individual courses, and noncredit programs through distance learning.

Degrees offered by distance learning allow working professionals to pursue an advanced degree while continuing in their careers. Thousands of students take advantage of distance learning to broaden their educational horizons or to keep on pace to graduate. Because of Purdue's participation in the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education (IPSE), Purdue students can earn Purdue credit by taking equivalent distance learning courses from other Indiana institutions or by taking Purdue-originated distance learning courses.

    Courses Enrollments Graduates
Distance Learning Programs are delivered entirely through distance learning technology and do not require traditional classroom work or campus residency. Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology 176 1,567 3

Master of Science in Engineering
   Degrees in aero/astronautical, electrical/
   computer, industrial, mechanical, and interdisciplinary

53 1,030 119
Doctor of Pharmacy
   Offered in US and United Arab Emirates
24 253 12

"Blended" Distance Learning Programs are enabled by distance learning but involve some traditional classroom instruction on campus or elsewhere. Master of Business Administration
   Traditional executive MBA and international
   concentration
31 1,108 90
Master of Science in Technology 24 522 20
Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management
   Articulates with IU's Kelly School of Business MBA
7 92 8
Doctor of Education
   Concentration in Educational Leadership
16 134 4
Total distance learning degree program participation 331 4,706 256

Students' Participation in Distance Learning Courses Purdue-originated courses 60 763 n/a
Courses offered by other institutions 258 3,942 n/a
Total IPSE participation 318 4,705 n/a

Purdue Participation in Distance Learning Degree-related 331 4,706 256
IPSE-related 318 4,705 n/a
Other distance learning credit courses 3 90 n/a
Noncredit distance learning 150 13,735 n/a
Total participation in distance learning 802 23,236 256

Source: Continuing Education and Conferences


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