COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Missouri Online, the way beyond.”
One year after the coronavirus education sidelined from the pandemic, University of Missouri announced an effort to significantly expand its online programming at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“Missouri Online” combines the online course portfolios of schools in the University of Missouri system to give students access to 260 programs – and the number is growing.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of 22 new programs for this year,” said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri system. “Our campuses are also adding 15 certificates to allow working professionals to advance in their careers.”
Missouri Online’s goal is to make education more accessible, officials said.
“We have aligned with the Information Technology division to make sure that everyone has help when they need it, whether they are on campus or halfway around the world keeping up with our courses, ”said Matthew Gunkel, Head of Online Learning.
“There are nearly 900,000 Missourians who started college and never finished,” Gunkel continued. “The access we provide to our universities reaches residents where they live and work, and gives them the opportunity to complete the unfinished business of their degrees. “
Missouri is aiming for 60% of working-age adults to have a degree or certificate by 2025. Department of Higher Education commissioner Zora Mulligan said she believes the Missouri Online program will help. state to achieve this goal.
“We’re at about 53 percent now, and we’re really optimistic about how Missouri Online will be a good tool to reach the extra people we need to serve,” Mulligan said.
Elise Eaker studies journalism at the University of Lincoln. Before Lincoln, Elise graduated from Fulton High School. She is from Fulton.