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Coastal to hold distance learning briefing

August 21, 2000

The concept of Distance Learning - taking credit and non-credit courses through the Internet - is transforming education delivery throughout the world. Bruce Chaloux, director of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Electronic Campus, will give a briefing on distance learning opportunities Thursday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University's Wall Building, 317.

The Electronic Campus, the South's "electronic marketplace" for distance education courses and programs, has grown to include more than 3,500 courses and 150 degree programs from more than 275 colleges and universities in the region. People anywhere in the world with Internet access can take college and university courses when they want, from their homes or offices. Students have the opportunity to learn a skill, earn college credits for certification, or earn a degree. They can take advantage of course offerings from many of the best accredited colleges and universities in 16 states. All course and program offerings have met standards established by the SREB.

Chaloux has more than 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education at the institutional, state and national levels. Prior to assuming his duties at the SREB in 1998, Chaloux served in the Graduate School at Virginia Tech for 13 years. He was associate dean and director of Tech's northern Virginia Graduate campus for nine years and was associate dean for Extended Campus Programs at the Blacksburg campus for four years.

Chaloux earned a bachelor's degree from Castleton State College in 1970, master's degree from the University of Florida in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1979.

The program is sponsored by Coastal's Office of the Provost and Division of Extending Learning and Public Services.

For more information, contact Peter Balsamo, dean of Coastal's Division of Extended Learning and Public Services at 349-2648.