Michigan was one of the states that pioneered online learning for students of all ages. The Michigan Virtual University (MVU) was created in 1998 and drew 8,942 enrollments in its first five years. At the same time, the Michigan Virtual School (MVS) was created to provide online learning options for high school students across the state. In 2006, the legislature created an online learning requirement for all high school students. Students in grades 6-12 can take up to two courses per semester entirely online. MVS provides 150 courses, including 20 AP and seven foreign languages courses.
Through the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative, post-secondary students can take online courses or complete an online certificate or degree program through one of Michigan’s many community colleges, including Kirkland Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Macomb Community College, and Lansing Community College. Online programs include associates degrees in various areas such as accounting, nursing, arts, business administration, information systems, and education.
The University of Michigan – Flint offers ten online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including programs in computer science and information systems, business administration, nursing, and educational technology. The school also offers mixed mode programs, in which students can complete most of the program online, but are required to visit the campus every four to six weeks for in-person courses.
The University of Michigan – Dearborn offers online courses and degree programs through four colleges, including the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Computer Science. Michigan State University also offers online certificate and degree programs across dozens of academic subjects, such as nursing, criminal justice, educational technology, and human resource management.
Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing, Michigan
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills, Michigan
University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, Michigan
Wayne State UniversityDetroit, Michigan
Macomb Community CollegeWarren, Michigan
Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, Michigan
Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale, Michigan
Wayne County Community College DistrictDetroit, Michigan
Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti, Michigan
Western Michigan UniversityKalamazoo, Michigan
Central Michigan University, through its Global Campus division, offers an array of distance learning degree and certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online students can currently choose from 10 bachelor’s and 22 master’s degrees in disciplines such as education, administration, psychology, political science, and community development. Most bachelor’s and master’s degrees can be completed fully online. An online Doctor of Health Administration degree is also available in a cohort format and can be started in either August or January.
Most CMU distance education classes are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning that they can be accessed at the student’s convenience. Instructors may also schedule synchronous online class chat sessions at various times throughout the course term. Online courses are administered through the Blackboard instructional delivery tool. Courses also require a proctor for one or more exams. Depending on the course, proctored testing may be available either online or in-person.
More information on online degrees and programs at Central Michigan University’s Global Campus can be accessed at: http://global.cmich.edu/CMUOnline/.
Northwestern Michigan College is a publicly-funded community college with an extensive distance learning program. Currently, the college offers more than 90 individual courses in either fully online, hybrid, or telecourse format. Four online associate degree programs are also available in nursing, business administration, criminal justice, and general studies. Additionally, NMC provides access to online courses for students seeking to fulfill continuing education or professional development requirements or who simply wish to pursue a class for personal enrichment.
NMC distance education courses are accessed through the Moodle 2 system, which is a free software eLearning platform. Some fully online courses may require proctored testing, while math and science labs for some hybrid programs may require on-campus meetings. Students whose sole option is fully online study may be able to fulfill in-person class requirements by taking an equivalent course from a peer college through the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative.
More information regarding Northwestern Michigan College’s distance learning options can be found at: https://www.nmc.edu/programs/online-programs/index.html.
UM-Flint has garnered a strong reputation for its 100 percent online bachelor’s programs. In 1990, UM-Flint began developing hundreds of online courses led by traditional UM faculty. Today, the college offers both online undergraduate and graduate degrees. While most options are offered at the graduate level, the school does provide fully online programs in Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). Four-year online programs are comprised of 124 credit hours, with 33 hours in upper division courses. Students may transfer up to 62 credits of previous undergraduate work.
Online learners at UM-Flint can take advantage of the college’s extended help desk hours and tech support, as well as other services such as advising through the Student Success Center (SSC), financial aid, and library access.
U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015″ has ranked UM-Flint for Best in Midwest, Top Public Schools (Midwest), and Best Colleges for Veterans. The Online Graduate Accelerated Nursing (MSN) Program was ranked third in the country by U.S. News and boasts a 95-100 percent passing rate on the Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam among students for the past three years.
For more information on UM-Flint’s online undergraduate programs, visit: http://www.umflint.edu/oel/online-programs-courses.
Online learning is an important part of education in Michigan. The approval process of K-12 teachers in the state has gone virtual. The Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) is part of the process by which Michigan educators apply for K-12 teacher certifications as new, returning, or part-time teachers.
In other news, the Michigan Department of Education has created the Early/Middle College Program enabling high school students to earn college credits for their advanced courses. The program increases the length of high school by one additional year and in coordination with a higher education partner school, high school students can complete up to 60 transferable college credits in order to earn an associates degree.
Lastly, in July 2014, Michigan joined the STEM Early College Expansion Partnership, a five-year multi-state program designed to beef up education in science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for college.