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Distance education at Fort Hays State University began in 1911 with the Correspondence Department in what was then still the Western Branch State Normal School. A new law for teachers' certificates required more education, but a failed wheat crop the previous year left many one-room school teachers in western Kansas unable to afford school.
The faculty met in August 1911 and voted to offer free correspondence work.Today's Virtual College operates under the heading “A university education that fits your life.” It serves students in 20-plus countries. Students can choose from 27 different bachelor's degree programs that are available totally online. The Bachelor of General Studies program alone has 16 possible concentrations.Ten master’s degree programs are available all online. The M.B.A. offers 10 different concentrations, the Master of Liberal Studies has 17 concentrations, and the Master of Professional Studies has 10 concentrations.Three additional master's programs require a small on-campus component: the M.S. in counseling, the M.S. in school psychology and the M.S.N., family nurse practitioner track.
Two educational specialist degrees are also offered.FHSU Virtual College programs have widespread recognition for both affordability (GetEducated.com) and quality (U.S. News & World Report), continuing the aspirations of those first faculty members who recognized the importance of education and who also saw the necessity of educating at a distance.
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