University plans to introduce online degrees
By Ben Senko
Currently we sit on the eve of the most fascinating points in the history
of Cleveland State University. Technology opens up vast new areas of
exploration at CSU.
Students are capable of accomplishing the most basic tasks from registering
for classes to more captivating area of interest like earning a degree
in bioethics, for example, all from the comforts of their home computer.
According to On Campus, CSUs Web newspaper, two philosophy professors
and a professor of economics will develop three courses which will make
it possible for students to earn 32 credits toward an online degree.
This is a first in the history of CSU, which up to this point seemed
to avoid the online degree trend.
This is, no doubt, to compete with the vast majority of Web sites offering
numerous degrees from a bachelors degree in business to a masters
degree in Spanish from the University of Phoenix.
Online degrees are just the beginning of what is in store at CSU.
There are big leaps in how technology operates at CSU, according to
Mike Droney, vice president of Information Services and chief information
officer, at Cleveland State.
He oversees the development of technology and molds how the future of
the campus will function.
A recent renovation in the data center allows for a more secure connection
to the Web against viruses, worms and power outages, according to Droney.
Another new development is the ePortfolio project.
In a letter to students of the College of Education and Human Services,
Associate Dean Dick Hurwitz explains that ePortfolio would revolutionize
the way students present themselves to potential employers.
When it is active, ePortfolio will allow students to store documents,
pictures, video clips and audio clips electronically that are accessible
from the World Wide Web.
The goal of ePortfolio is to demonstrate the academic growth in students
over the length of their college career, and all this for a $25 technology
The future will hold many new and exciting innovations at CSU, whether
it is the group of students laughing at online publications on a rented
laptop, or a frustrated communication student frantically typing a term
paper because his disc did not save the changes.