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5:48 PM, Mar 17, 2008   |    comments
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CSU Global will allow students to earn a CSU degree outside of the school's Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses.

"Everybody I talk to thinks it's a great idea," said CSU President Dr. Larry Penley.

CSU will be one of the first public universities in the West to create an online university.

The new school will go up against online heavyweights like University of Phoenix and DeVry University, but Penley thinks CSU Global will bring something to the table that the others can't: a Colorado connection.

"In a sense, Colorado State University is Colorado's university," he said.

With the mission to serve Colorado in mind, Penley says CSU Global will try to reach Coloradans across the state.

"We're in a globally-competitive market today and Colorado must have the labor supply necessary to deal with a globally-competitive market," Penley said. "That means we need far more individuals to complete baccalaureate degrees than we needed earlier."

Penley says fears that the online school will pull students away from campus are unwarranted claiming CSU Global will attract a completely different type of student.

"The program of CSU Global will be geared toward non-traditional students and working adults," he said. "Someone who may have dropped out of high school for instance, subsequently obtaining a GED or an individual who went a few years to community college, but is at a point in their life because of career, because of family, because of responsibilities for children, they can't easily go to a traditional campus."

Though it won't have any quads or classrooms, CSU Global will have its own faculty. Penley says they're still working out a price tag that'll be attached to earning a degree through the online university.

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