Park University, founded in 1875 and located in the city of Parkville, Missouri, has 42 campuses in 22 U.S. States, including four in the Kansas City area (downtown, Lenexa, Parkville, Independence) and a campus center in Austin, Texas. Most of the satellite campuses are on or near United States military bases and share quarters with other businesses and organizations.
Since the late 1960s, Park University has experienced growth primarily through the establishment of a Military Degree Completion Program and the Military Resident Center System. Park’s total annual enrollment of 17,000 has grown from its small base since 1996 when it first began offering online courses.
Years later, the challenge becomes, how do we migrate the face-to-face instruction and one-on-one communication experience to our online classes? How can we deliver an interactive environment where students can freely ask questions and professors can engage their classes in group discussions when they are in different locations.
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