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Highlights for the Distance Learning Center

Under the leadership of Executive Director Dawn Drake and Director Dan Avenarius, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Distance Learning - known as UW-Platteville Online – focuses on creating degree programs and services at the graduate and undergraduate level to meet the needs of nontraditional, place-bound students – typically, working adults with families.

Students can apply for admission, apply for financial aid, register and pay for classes, order textbooks, access library materials, receive grades, and much more, all online. In 2000-01, UW-Platteville Online logged 185 course registrations. In 2011-12, it logged 2,900.

UW-Platteville, a pioneer in distance education for 35 years, provides eight degrees entirely online: master’s degrees in organizational change leadership, project management, criminal justice, engineering, distance education leadership, and integrated supply chain management, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice.

UW-Platteville’s “one-stop-shop” approach to online programs is considered a model for distance education programs nationally.

Learner Profile

  • Average age: 36.2
  • Female: 42.8%
  • Male: 57.2%
  • Students of Color: 14.9%
  • Military/Veterans/Families Served: 32%
  • Average credit load for undergraduate students: 5.8 credits per semester
  • Average credit load for graduate students: 4.8
  • Location of students: 42 states, 23 countries
  • Graduates in 2012-2013: Undergraduate, 44; Graduate, 115

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