New Name, Same Mission for UW-Platteville Distance Education in 2021


The change of the calendar will also mean some changes for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. As part of a larger restructuring taking place at the university, the Center for Distance Learning will now have a new name: Office of Professional Program Support.

UW-Platteville has been a pioneer and industry leader in distance education since 1978, when it became the first university in Wisconsin to offer its print-based degree. The university now offers fully online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, print-based degree programs, and hybrid online courses.

The rebranding begins a new chapter and is meant to better online education delivery with the rest of the campus, ensuring a seamless experience for all students, whether they’re receiving instruction online, on-campus, or using a hybrid approach. It also allows each of the colleges to have more control over course delivery, allowing for a more immersive and complete online student experience.

“Despite a new name, the department’s services and functions will remain largely the same,” said Michelle Zasada, interim Director of the Office of Professional Program Support. “The Office of Professional Program Support will continue to guide students through their online educational journey and help them reach their academic goals.” 

The renaming and rebranding process is underway now and will continue to roll out throughout the upcoming months. Communications are already being distributed to students to let them know about some of the changes that will impact them. This includes a new help desk procedure and changes to the website. Those communications will continue as the rebranding implementation is finalized.

UW-Platteville has received several awards for its distance education offerings and has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional curriculum, instruction, support services, and professional programming. Thousands of students have earned their distance degrees through UW-Platteville in the past 43 years. Currently, students from 48 states and nine countries, including Canada, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland are enrolled in courses as part of an online degree program.

UW-Platteville offers ten undergraduate degrees including, Associate of Arts and SciencesAssociate of Science in Business AdministrationBachelor of Applied Arts and SciencesBachelor of Science in Applied Computing; and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, plus Bachelor’s of Business Administration in FinanceHuman Resource ManagementIntegrated MarketingIntegrated Supply Chain Management; and Management. The ten master’s degree programs are Applied BiotechnologyCriminal JusticeCybersecurityEngineeringHealthcare AdministrationInformation Systems ManagementIntegrated Supply Chain ManagementOrganizational Change Leadership; Project Management, and Strategic Management.

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