July 24, 2000
00-149

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU partners with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia G.L.O.B.E. to offer college credit courses on GPTV for Fall 2000

Valdosta State University and four other University System of Georgia (USG) colleges and universities in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting will offer college credit courses (telecourses) during the Fall 2000 academic term through Georgia G.L.O.B.E.

Registration for both telecourses offered over GPTV stations and online courses is under way on the Georgia G.L.O.B.E. (Global Learning Online for Business and Education) Web site at www.georgiaglobe.org. Students may also call Georgia G.L.O.B.E. at 1-888-404-2740 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, to register for fall semester.

Georgia G.L.O.B.E. is the University System of Georgia's distance learning initiative designed to offer one-stop access to class registration, online classes, class materials and telecourses from USG schools.

In addition to VSU, the other USG institutions that are affiliates of Georgia G.L.O.B.E. are Clayton College & State University, Columbus State University, Floyd College and the State University of West Georgia.

The Fall 2000 term eCORE telecourses and online courses are courses designed to meet some of the freshmen and sophomore core curriculum requirements.

"Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Georgia G.L.O.B.E. and its affiliates, like Valdosta State University, are breaking down barriers to higher education that many students face," said Dr. Richard A. Skinner, president and CEO of Georgia G.L.O.B.E. "Technology is allowing students who cannot attend traditional classes on campus to have an opportunity to take college courses via television and the Internet."

"We are excited to be a partner in this important education initiative by Georgia G.L.O.B.E. and the University System," said Claude L. Vickers, executive director of Georgia Public Broadcasting, which operates Georgia Public Television, Peach State Public Radio and the PeachStar Education Satellite network. "Expanding education opportunities for our citizens is key to ensuring our state's continued economic success and integral to the GPB mission. We hope that many Georgians will take advantage of these easily accessible resources," Vickers added.

The five Georgia G.L.O.B.E. affiliates agreed to accept standards for both students and courses. Students must be admitted as regular students to an Affiliate institution, and courses must meet the Principles of Good Practices, established by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

For more information about registering for online courses and telecourses through Georgia G.L.O.B.E., see its Web site at www.georgiaglobe.org or call toll free 1-888-404-2740 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.