Plymouth State University Creates Division of Online and Continuing Studies

January 4th, 2013 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. –As the world moves into the 21st century, education is taking different forms and paths; Plymouth State University is embracing the value of online and continuing education with the creation of the Division of Online and Continuing Studies (DOCS), formerly the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies. DOCS will serve undergraduate, online students – reflecting the changing educational needs of full and part –time students as well as students who want a combination of evening, daytime and online courses. Dr. Nancy Betchart, Dean of PSU’s Division of Online and Continuing Studies, said the change reflects PSU’s goal of offering quality, college level courses and degree programs to adults and working professionals.

PSU's new Division of Online and Continuing Studies offers opportunities for commuting, working or non-traditional students to continue their education through online, evening or daytime classes.

“We have seen a tremendous response to our online course offerings over the last 8 years and saw almost 3000 enrollments in 2012.  By entering PSU through DOCS, students have priority for online and evening classes or they can blend online, evening, and daytime classes in a schedule that meets their needs,” Betchart said. “We are pleased to now offer four different degree programs 100% online (Criminal Justice, Communications/Media, Nursing and Business Administration), but will continue to work with students who prefer evening classes or a blended approach. Our staff is committed to helping students who are trying to balance their education with work and/or family responsibilities find a program and schedule that works.”

DOCS offers opportunities for commuting, working, and/or non-traditional students to continue their educations by completing a degree or just taking courses for professional development with a variety of options.

·       Students may be admitted to PSU through DOCS and earn a PSU degree through 100% online degree programs or through a blended approach of face-to-face (evening and/or daytime) and online courses.

·       Students can take online, evening or daytime courses part-time without being formally admitted.

·       Non-credit courses are also offered for those seeking educational enrichment, professional development opportunities and summer camps for youth.

·       DOCS offers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing – another way to expedite progress toward a degree.

·       Students may apply or enroll for fall, spring or summer terms
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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