Three distance learning locations chosen for fall

Samantha Kerns

The Kent State School of Library and Information Science announced three new locations for its 12-12-12 Distance Learning Program starting Fall 2007.

The locations include the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Lorain County Community College and Ohio University.

Each fall, the School of Library and Information Science faculty meets and approves proposed sites based in different areas of the state. Some sites are repeated over time depending on its enrollment numbers and the program’s success at that site. The program has used a total of nine different locations thus far with two to three locations offered for each two-year cycle of the program.

“Enrollment varies each year depending where we have sites,” Associate Professor Greg Byerly said. “…usually we have 100-plus students taking courses at any one time.”

Mary Paschen, administrative clerk for the School of Library and Information Science, said the program’s goal is to have at least 60-70 students enrolled yearly. The number of students enrolled is closely watched to provide the most efficient environment for both the students and faculty involved.

“The program helps students who can’t travel or commute to Kent State or Ohio State’s campus,” Paschen said.

The program guarantees to offer the necessary classes to enrolled students for the two-year cycle. Twelve credit hours are taken each year during the program. Some accepted methods of completion are transferring credits from other universities, taking Web courses or attending various workshops on either the Kent State or Ohio State campuses. Most students complete the program in two to three years.

The 12-12-12 Distance Learning Program is now accepting applications for classes starting in Fall 2007.

Additional information about the program is available at or by contacting Paschen.

Contact academic computing reporter Samantha Kerns at [email protected].