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SPSU president heads up Distance Education Task Force

SPSU president heads up Distance Education Task ForcPresident Lisa A. Rossbachere

SPSU president Dr. Lisa Rossbacher has been selected to lead a new 10-member Distance Education Task Force created by University System of Georgia (USG) chancellor Hank Huckaby.

The task force will examine how colleges and universities in the USG use the technology of distance education, also known as online learning, and make recommendations on how to better serve students.

Distance education has been used by the system for over a decade to provide students with flexibility in the time and location of learning. Over the years, the number of online degrees offered has increased to more than 230 programs with 5,000 course sections offered each semester.

“We will identify key goals for distance education that will advance Complete College Georgia, help our campus strategy efforts and support the regents’ mission of creating a more educated Georgia,” Dr. Rossbacher said. “This is an exciting opportunity to work together as a system to develop a broad statewide plan for how we use technology in the classroom.”

The task force plans to complete its review of the system’s distance education efforts and make recommendations to the Board of Regents by the summer of 2012.