In an effort that will define CMU for decades, 11 faculty and staff members and a trustee issued a report in December 2015 about online programs. They documented challenges and opportunities, wrestled with diverse opinions, and finally, forged a plan to expedite development of online learning.
The committee’s work was a bold move to maintain CMU’s 45-year national leadership in off-campus education. Four follow-up committees were appointed in spring 2016, involving four dozen individuals in the development of implementation strategies.
University leaders also integrated Global Campus and on-campus functions this year. Such consolidation had been proposed twice before, but was abandoned because of its complexity.
Expanding online education
- Off-campus and online students number more than 8,600 and produce about 70 percent of CMU’s online and satellite-location credit hours. More than 6,600 on-campus students — nearly three-fourths are juniors and seniors — take online classes annually, averaging two classes a year.
- Tenure-track and fixed-term faculty have first right of refusal to teach online classes.
- Revenue from online classes returns to the colleges.
- CMU launched four new online degrees and two online certificate programs during the year.