UIW School of Professional Studies (SPS), formerly the School of Extended Academic Programs (EAP), announced the expansion of the daytime blended learning program to its Northeast campus. The change is for its non-traditional students attending the SPS.
     Beginning with the first 8-week fall term, SPS began offering five blended courses on Tuesday mornings at the Northwest Center. Both undergraduate and graduate business administration degrees will be available at this location. At the Northeast Center, located inside Rolling Oaks Mall, four undergraduate classes are now offered on Thursday mornings. Students meet in class with their professor one day a week. Additional assignments and discussions are completed online. This format will cut the classroom time in half, while increasing the student/professor interaction through the online tools.
     The blended education model that SPS incorporates into its degree programs is designed to meet the growing demand from working professionals who prefer not to miss out on the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, but require the flexibility inherent with working irregular hours or shifts.
     “We offer classes in the daytime to meet the needs of students who cannot attend our evening classes,” said Vincent Porter, dean of the SPS. “We chose a blended format to accommodate an adult student’s busy schedule. Blended formats give students a flexible delivery model that combines the traditional face-to-face classroom setting with the convenience of online learning tools.”