Lakeland College of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in collaboration with Convene International, now offers a fully-accredited four year program in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Marketing, and Specialized Administration. Lakeland, a liberal arts college of 3500 students, began offering online courses eighteen months ago through its Lifelong Learning Program.
To receive a diploma, students must complete at least 128 semester hours of college credit. Presently Lakeland Online offers forty classes, enrolling 400 students, not only across the country, but around the world as well.
Courses are taught by professors who teach both online and onground. When polled, most said that they noticed few differences in the coursework from students in the two modes of learning, but many remarked that students appeared to get more from the online courses. Many students said they benefited from the individual and group attention.
While Lakeland Online may be the first, other university systems are sure to follow suit. The face of education is changing.