University College

University College Timeline

As MTSU celebrates 100 years, take a glimpse into our past through the timeline below, which charts the milestones and achievements of MTSU's University College.

To view more information on MTSU's centennial celebration, please visit www.mtsu.edu/centennial.

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2000s

2000/2001

  • Nine hundred sixty (960) students were enrolled in 42 telecourses.
  • Students with an associate's degree can earn the Bachelor of University Studies degree via distance learning.
  • RN to BSN online program implemented Fall 2000
  • In Spring of 2001, and continuing Fall 2001 and Spring 2002, staff assisted the Provost’s Office with the coordination of the Family-Centered Community Building. The course was taught by former Vice President Al Gore and MTSU faculty in Human Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, Political Science, and the School of Journalism.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 130
    • Telecourse - 944
    • Correspondence -2,105
    • Online - 759
  • Summer 2001
    • Headcount - 8,476
    • Student Credit Hours - 55,030
    • FTE - 3,804.85

2001/2002

  • Beginning Fall 2001, MTSU became one of 19 TBR institutions to offer courses through the Regents Online Degree Program.
  • E-Customs online student orientation developed by AODL and Student Affairs-available to students Summer 2002.
  • Program staff served 1,415 students in 92 MTSU online courses from Fall 2001 to Spring 2002.
  • Five hundred five (505) students were enrolled exclusively in distance learning courses in Spring 2002 semester.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 102
    • Telecourse - 849
    • Correspondence - 3,015
    • Online - 1,936
    • RODP - 1,200
  • Summer 2002
    • Headcount - 9,025
    • Student Credit Hours - 58,090
    • FTE - 4,010.09

2002/2003

  • Division moved to Fairview Building in Fall 2002.
  • Sixteen (16) MTSU faculty began coursework for the LERN Certified Online Instructor Program.
  • In the Fall 2002, 2,592 students took classes through distance learning. These students represented 12 percent of our total enrollment and generated 7,322 credit hours.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 91
    • Telecourses - 850
    • Correspondence - 3,310
    • Online - 2,660
    • RODP - 2,312
  • Converted to WebCT learning management system
  • Videoconferencing equipment upgrade completed on KOM classroom
  • Summer 2003
    • Headcount - 9,283
    • Student Credit Hours - 58,995
    • FTE - 4,066.88

2003/2004

  • First MTSU faculty member, Dr. Patricia O'Leary, School of Nursing, earned the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 81
    • Telecourses - 645
    • Correspondence - 3,808
    • Online - 3,703
    • RODP - 2,384
  • First sharing of summer revenue margin with colleges
  • Summer 2004
    • Headcount - 9,027
    • Student Credit Hours - 58,731
    • FTE - 4,051.19

2004/2005

  • Conducted trial run of the Online Courses Faculty Mentor Program.
  • Three MTSU faculty members, Drs. Jill Austin, Elyce Helford, and Connie Jones, received the TBR Innovations Awards.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 94
    • Telecourses - 411
    • Correspondence - 3,591
    • Online - 4,773
    • RODP - 3,085
  • Began offering MSN courses Fall 2004 through the RODP.
  • ROCE started this academic year.
  • Jack Thomas - Interim Dean
  • Summer 2005
    • Headcount - 9,096
    • Student Credit Hours - 56,564
    • FTE - 3,917.04

2005/2006

  • The Faculty Peer Assistance Program (FPAP) was implemented
  • As of May 2006, telecourses were phased.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 17
    • Telecourse - 200
    • Correspondence -3,312
    • Online - 5,760
    • RODP - 3,495
  • Summer 2006
    • Headcount - 9,080
    • Student Credit Hours - 56,182
    • FTE - 3,912.48
  • Dr. Mike Boyle - Dean (2006-present)

2006/2007

  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 80
    • Correspondence - 3,261
    • Online - 5,992
    • RODP - 3,842
  • Summer 2007
    • Headcount - 8,845
    • Student Credit Hours - 56,139
    • FTE - 3,896.95

2007/2008

  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction major with a specialization in Technology and Curriculum Design delivered via online format.
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction major with a specialization in English as a Second Language (ESL) delivered via online format.
  • MTSU converted to Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system.
  • Distance course enrollments:
    • Videoconferencing - 26
    • Correspondence - 2,947
    • Online - 6,644
    • RODP - 4,308
  • Summer 2008
    • Headcount - 8,210
    • Student Credit Hours - 50,142
    • FTE - 3,487.56

2008/2009

  • Began development of Accelerated Online Liberal Studies degree for implementation Fall 2010.
  • Fall 2008 Hybrid courses began
  • Summer 2009
    • Headcount - 8,603
    • Student Credit Hours - 51,882
    • FTE - 3,620.18

2009/2010

  • eTuition and Accelerated Online Course Delivery approved by THEC 11.19.2009
  • Effective Spring 2010 - No new correspondence course development or revision fees paid - began phase-out (existing courses may still be offered and $95 per student instructional fee still applies)
  • First undergraduate program offered fully online Fall 2009 - B.S. Psychology.
  • College moved to Maple Leaf Village Fall 2009
  • Name of Faculty Peer Assistant (FPA) Program changed to Online Faculty Mentor (OFM) Program, Spring 2010
  • May 17, 2010, TBR approved change of college name from College of Continuing Education and Distance Learning to University College.
  • Summer 2010
    • Headcount - 9,318
    • Student Credit Hours - 56,326
    • FTE - 3,919.68