The state of Kansas has promoted distance learning programs as early as the 1970s. Since that time, Kansas and many of its major universities have established important initiatives.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Kan-Ed is an administration within the Kansas Board of Regents that was created by the state legislature. It was formed to promote and establish technological connections in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, online schools in Kansas, libraries, and hospitals. Kan-Ed is positioning itself to become a leader in the promotion of technology in higher education throughout the state. Students can find information about distance learning and continuing education through a database on the Kan-Ed website.
A PLUS Network
The A PLUS Network was established in 1989. A consortium of eight schools came together to create an interactive distance learning network which became A PLUS. The network is a platform for Kansas schools to share classes between institutions. Sixteen classrooms in the district are participating in the project. The A PLUS Network serves grades 9-12 but also stands as a model for Kansas’ dedication to distance learning development at all levels.
Kansas State University Distance Learning Scholarships
The Kansas State University Distance Learning Scholarships were established in 1974. The university currently offers many scholarships exclusively for distance learning students. Nine bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s degrees, 20 certificates, and one Ph.D. program are offered online through KSU.