Tulsa Community College: A Leader in Online Education

By: Jim Zorn

Tulsa Community College is the largest two-year college in Oklahoma. It operates from four campuses and serves some 27,000 students every year in college credit courses and an additional 5,000 in corporate training and continuing education classes.

The college provides higher education to more students in northeastern Oklahoma than any other public higher education institution. It offers students individualized education in small classes, with an 18:1 student to faculty ratio. Its tuition and fees are almost half those of public universities.

Tulsa Community College has more than 7,000 enrolments in online and distance learning courses, making it the leader in online education in Oklahoma. Students can easily transfer credits for seamless baccalaureate degrees.

Collaboration and transfer agreements are in place with many institutions, including Oklahoma State University, The University of Oklahoma, Northeastern State University, The University of Tulsa and The Phoenix University.

Accreditation

Tulsa Community College is accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. It is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the North Central Council of Two-Year Colleges. It is approved by the federal government to offer education under the Veterans and Social Security laws.

Some of the programs offered by the college have accreditation approval from other agencies and organizations.

The distance learning courses are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Distance learning

Tulsa Community College offers about 30 degrees and certificates that are available entirely through the distance learning environment. Distance learning courses are ideal for non-traditional adult learners, who want to acquire a recognized qualification from an accredited institution. Distance learning allows them study at their convenience and to get a degree that adds value to their career portfolios.

Online courses are offered via the Internet by means of the Blackboard Course Management System (CMS). Instruction is provided through the Internet, CD-ROM (if applicable) and text book materials. To take a course, students need Internet access, a valid e-mail address and hardware and software that meet the minimum requirements.

Telecourses are video-based courses that are offered on Tulsa Cox Cable Channel 21 or via streaming video on the Web. Instructors communicate with students via e-mail, telephone and/or postal services. The videos are supplemented by study guides and text books. Students have to visit the Metro Campus to take exams.

Interactive Television courses (ITV) are campus-based courses that are offered through compressed two-way video. The student is required to be present in a particular location at a set time. The instructor may be present at that location or may teach from a remote location. The format is very similar to classroom instruction.

An accredited course from the Tulsa Community College can help you to add a recognized qualification to your career portfolio and you can choose from a wide range of on-campus and distance learning programs.

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