MU partners to expand Internet access to community college graduates

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 6:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU and the Missouri Community College Association have established a partnership to provide Internet access to community college graduates who enroll in Mizzou Online classes, according to an MU news release.

Each community college in the association is agreeing to provide Internet access as needed through campus computer stations to Mizzou Online students as a free service. MU Senior Information Specialist Josh Murray said the plan will be implemented immediately.

The purpose of the partnership is to make distance education courses across the state more comprehensive so more people can earn their degrees while remaining in each community college's service area, according to the release.

"Part of our heritage at MU is to serve the state of Missouri by making higher education accessible to citizens across the state," said Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies and interim vice provost for eLearning, in the release.

Associate degree graduates of the respective community colleges who enroll in Mizzou Online courses are the only people who will be able to use the work stations.

Mizzou Online offers 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees. It served more than 12,600 students last year. 

"The use of existing and emerging technology to make higher education more accessible to residents in all regions of our state is a priority of the Missouri Community College Association," said Ray Cummiskey, president of Jefferson College and chairman of the MCCA Presidents and Chancellors Council, in the release. 

The Missouri Community College Association was founded in 1963 and supports 12 community colleges and their respective branches around the state.

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