Division of Outreach & Distance Education Officially a College
September 15, 2008
By: John Davis
Organizers look to expand Texas Tech's teaching capacity by offering more distance
Officials at Texas Tech University recently announced the establishment of the
College of Outreach & Distance Education. The new college will seek to offer more
education options that reach more students than ever before.
Under the leadership of Dean Matt Baker, the existing Division of Off-Campus Sites
(DOCS) and the Division of Outreach & Distance Education (ODE) have been brought together
to form the new college. Baker said he is looking forward to what lies ahead.
"The most exciting thing is that we now have the ability to increase students' access
to Texas Tech's world-class educational opportunities, no matter where those students
reside," Baker said. "Our programs are available to students in K-12 all the way to
doctoral students and even lifelong learners."
The new college will enable Texas Tech University to plan, implement, administer and
assess distance and off-campus programs more efficiently and effectively. The college
will aid the university in reaching its goal of 40,000 students by the year 2020.
Texas Tech University currently offers more than 30 off-campus programs.
At present, ODE offers K-12 and college distance learning, which includes an accredited
K-12 diploma-granting program - Texas Tech University Independent School District
(TTUISD). The K-12 program is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. ODE offers
non-credit community outreach programs for K-12 students and adults, academic outreach
programs for professionals in the form of short courses, certificate programs and
conferences. It also hosts an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
DOCS currently coordinates credit and non-credit programs offered through Texas Tech
University at Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes and Junction.
Texas Tech has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
as being both a "Community-Engaged" university and a "Doctoral-Research-Extensive"
university. As the largest comprehensive university in the western two-thirds of the
state, with a land mass larger than 46 of the 50 states in the U.S., this region is
underserved in terms of geographic access to higher education academic and outreach
"As an engaged university, we have an obligation to provide transformational leadership
in economic development," Baker said, "And economic development is possible only by
having a highly educated workforce."
Baker said goals for the new college include offering a larger array of undergraduate
and graduate degree programs, continuing education programs designed to improve the
quality of life of participants and continuing education that will retool a workforce
that is in constant transition.
In 2009, TTUISD is poised to launch a Virtual High School where students will be assigned
avatars that allow them to interact with other students and instructors in a learning
community designed by faculty, staff and students at Texas Tech.
CONTACT: Michele Moskos, marketing director, College of Outreach and Distance Education,
(806)742-7202 ext. 276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.