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USU Introduces New Learning Options with FLEX

Jay Wright, Utah State Today

June 10, 2013

As technology and life converge, Utah State University is launching its new Flexible Learning Experience (FLEX), providing students with greater flexibility in how and when courses are taken.

“This initiative opens the door to giving our students real options while pursuing their degrees,” said Robert Wagner, vice provost for USU’s regional campuses and distance education — the department charged with creating the new program in partnership with the Provost’s office and academic departments. “Students can now start and complete selected courses when it makes the most sense for them and the changing landscape of their lives.”

According to Wagner, FLEX offers students two types of courses. The first is open entry/open exit — courses allow students to enroll at any time during the calendar year and complete the course at their own pace. These courses must be completed within a limited time period, but can be completed more quickly if a student accelerates his or her studies. The second is condensed term — courses with intensive studies that are completed within a four- or seven-week term.

“As always, we want to ensure students get the quality courses and education they deserve from the university,” Wagner said. “Each course offered goes through a rigorous set-up and review process to achieve the optimum learning experience.”

FLEX is ideal for students who want to take courses outside traditional semester start and end dates, those trying to accelerate their degree completion and those balancing a complex life-work-school schedule. Another benefit of the program is that it will alleviate enrollment bottlenecks in general education and popular courses with large numbers of students.

While a few four-week courses are being offered in May 2013 during the summer semester, the online flexible learning program will fully launch fall semester 2013 with 31 courses offered. An overview of courses can be found online.


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