Global Campus Milestones
Since 1966, Kansas State University Global Campus has provided educational opportunities for adult learners. View some of the biggest milestones in the university's technological advances or program development that brought us where we are today.
1966 – The Division of Continuing Education, now called Kansas State University Global Campus, was formally established by the Kansas Board of Regents. DCE was founded to extend K-State's educational resources through quality degree programs, lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.
1968 – UFM Community Learning Center, initially called the University for Man, was created. The philosophy of UFM is that everyone can teach and everyone can learn. UFM offers K-State recreation credit courses and noncredit courses, helping students and faculty to interact with the community and providing lifelong learning and personal development for all.
1971 – Intersession courses were first offered. Intersession allows students to take shorter, accelerated courses not always available during the regular semester to catch up or get ahead in their program. Intersession courses are now offered on campus, off campus and online each January, May and August.
1971 – TELENET, a statewide audioconference network, was established. TELENET started as a way to connect K-State faculty members to officials in Hoxie, Kansas, so they could communicate without driving long distances. TELENET grew into a statewide education network.
1973 – Courses by newspaper were offered. The first course, "America and the Future of Man," included 20 written lectures by the nation's most distinguished teachers and scholars. A number of newspapers throughout the state carried the text of the course. The courses included two TELENET sessions in addition to the newspaper lectures.
1974 – The Non-Traditional Studies (NTS) Program, later renamed the Bachelor's Degree Completion Program, was introduced. Designed for people who have completed at least two years of college, the program allows participants to earn a degree at their own pace without quitting their jobs or relocating to Manhattan, Kansas.
1976 – Janet Freeby and Rebecca Ivancic became the first individuals to graduate through the Bachelor's Degree Completion Program.
1976 – The national conference series, "Issues in Higher Education," was initiated as a forum for the exchange of ideas among professionals in higher education. Today the series continues with the Academic Chairpersons Conference, with more than 400 higher education professionals in attendance each year.
1979 – The NACADA conference was developed, which led to the NACADA organization locating its national headquarters at Kansas State University. The relationship between NACADA and K-State prompted the development of the academic advising graduate certificate program in 2003.
1980 – The first Guided Studies courses were developed for distance students.
1981 – Summer Adventure was created. The popularity of and increased demand for high-quality activities led to this all-day summer program for students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Summer Adventure continued until 1999, serving more than 14,000 children.
1982 – The Kansas Folklife Festival was coordinated by DCE through 1986, after which it was coordinated through Manhattan Parks and Recreation as the Little Apple Festival.
1984 – The first telecourses using PBS programming were offered.
1984 – After Hours, now known as Evening College, was established through DCE. The evening courses were offered primarily to teachers and nontraditional students who worked during the day and needed courses held 5:30 p.m. or later.
1990 – Distance education was first offered to out-of-state students. This expansion became possible based on K-State's new membership in the National Universities Degree Consortium, which provided access to additional distance courses for out-of-state students.
1992 – Library services were developed for K-State distance education students.
1995 – The Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics received a FIPSE grant to develop a distance dietetics degree program. Originally intended to have courses offered to rural Kansans via TELENET, the courses instead became available online, opening up the program to students all over the world.
1996 – The first online course was offered.
1996 – TELENET 2, a videoconference network, was introduced. TELENET 2 is a video version of the original TELENET audioconference network. TELENET's scope continued to grow, helping K-State reach individuals not just across the state, but across the nation and the world.
1996 – The Maurine Allison O'Bannon Memorial Scholarship was created. The scholarships are available exclusively for distance education students in degree programs.
1998 – K-State Online was introduced. K-State Online allows students to access study material and lectures anytime and from any place. It enables faculty to set up online student discussions and work groups, and makes it possible for both distance and on-campus students to submit their work and take exams online.
2001 – The first full-time advisor was appointed for distance education students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
2003 – Virtual Commencement was established for distance education students unable to attend on-campus graduation ceremonies.
2004 – A 2+2 agreement was developed with Barton County Community College. This partnership allows students to complete an associate degree through their local community college, and then complete a distance-based bachelor's degree through K-State. K-State now has 2+2 partnerships with all 19 in-state community colleges and other community and technical institutions in Kansas and outside states.
2004 – K-State distance education reached the milestone of having students in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries.
2008 – The first Intersession courses were offered online with nearly maximum enrollments.
2008 – Grant proposal funding is offered through K-State Global Campus to support faculty developing new distance education programs and courses.
2009 – The first online/hybrid doctoral program launches in personal financial planning.
2012 – The Engineering Summer Institute launches, bringing students from Gujarat Technological Institute in India to Kansas State University for on-campus summer courses in engineering.
2012 – The Go Teacher program launches, bringing teachers from Ecuador to Kansas State University to learn how to teach English as a Second Language to students in their country.
2013 – The Korean Summer Institute launches, bringing computer science students from South Korea's Hanyang University to the K-State campus to refine computer programming techniques and practice English grammar and technical writing skills.
2013 – The Allan D. Sicat Scholarship is developed for distance education students involved in the military.
2013 – The K-State Global Campus Scholarship for Distance Education Students is developed for distance students in degree-seeking programs.
2014 – K-State Global Campus becomes the university's fourth campus, changing its name from the Division of Continuing Education.
2015 – Link magazine launched as a way for distance program alumni to stay connected with K-State.
2016 – K-State Global Campus achieved a 50-year milestone in helping distance students and alumni learn online, develop professionally and connect globally.