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E-learning grows in Indiana.



An increasing number of adults in Indiana are pursuing their educational goals through distance learning. According to according to
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 the Indiana Higher Education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 Telecommunication System (IHETS IHETS Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System ), enrollments in distance learning classes reached nearly 70,000 last year--a 42 percent jump from 2001-02 and a 425 percent increase over the past five years. IHETS is a consortium of higher education institutions in Indiana that operates technology networks, manages the state's virtual university and pursues applications research and development.

Susan Scott, director of the Indiana College Network (ICN ICN International Council of Nurses. ), a service of IHETS that provides a gateway to e-learning opportunities from the state's colleges and universities, says that such opportunities will help Indiana compete economically by increasing the number of adults with bachelor's or associate's degrees.

Dave King, executive director of IHETS, says that the Community College of Indiana is an important part of building a more educated workforce, but adds that distance learning is another.

"Indiana's colleges are working more closely than ever with K-12 education, libraries, public broadcasting public broadcasting: see broadcasting.  and cultural organizations to expand access to education through technology," notes King. "And we're trying to do that in ways that make sense to learners wherever they live, work or go to school."

IHETS took note of a study published last summer by the Education Commission of the States The Education Commission of the States (ECS) was founded as a result of the creation of the Compact for Education, supported by all 50 states and approved by Congress in 1965. The original idea of establishing an interstate compact on education and creating an operational arm to follow up , "Closing the College Participation Gap," which concluded that Indiana needs to increase adult participation in college by 94 percent by 2015 just to catch up to where the best states are today--and those states will have continued to move forward, IHETS officials view distance learning as a valuable tool for the state in closing this gap.

The flexibility of online learning appeals to adults with jobs and families, notes Scott, who adds that distance learners tend to fall into three groups.

"First, the overwhelming majority are adults age 25 and older," she says. "However, in a second category we're beginning to see some traditional college students taking classes in their dorms because a course they needed filled up. Financial constraints for universities often mean they can't afford to offer as many sections of popular courses, and no one wants to see full-time students having to take five or six years to graduate. And third, we're beginning to see some high school students get a jumpstart on college by taking video or online courses."

For more information about the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, visit www.ihets.org.

New Resource for Superintendents on NCLB NCLB No Child Left Behind (US education initiative)  

By calling a new information line, school superintendents will have a direct link to the U.S. Department of Education for targeted, quick responses to questions they may have about No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The new toll-free line (1-888 NCLB-SUP or 1-800 625-2787) offers information on the NCLB Act such as accountability, measuring school progress, supplemental educational services, public school choice options and details on the highly qualified teachers provisions of the law.

"Superintendents are on the frontlines of implementing No Child Left Behind," notes U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933), served as the 7th United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in Mississippi, built a career on a belief that education equalizes opportunity, moving from college dean and school superintendent to be , "and having walked in their shoes, I know firsthand first¬∑hand ¬†
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 many of the challenges they face."

Paige describes the new resource as a one-stop shop One-Stop Shop

A company or a location that offers a multitude of services to a client or a customer. The idea is to provide convenient and efficient service and also to create the opportunity for the company to sell more products to clients and customers.
 where superintendents can get prompt assistance to help them more effectively implement NCLB. The information line is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. At other times, or when the lines are busy, superintendents may leave messages. E-mail inquiries may also be sent to NCLBSUP@ed.gov.
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