I am proud to be associated with the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach at East Tennessee State University. SCSAO is a group of diverse units that all focus on outreach and service to our communities—moving beyond the traditional university campus and clientele to bring educational opportunities to the citizens of our region and state. Specifically, we offer:
- An extended campus— ETSU at Kingsport —that provides courses and degree programs in one of the region's major population centers. ETSU at Kingsport is a full-service center with staff that provide advising and assistance with processes such as admission, registration, financial aid, fee payment, ordering books, and obtaining student ID cards. ETSU at Kingsport has computer labs, regular and television classrooms, and other specialized facilities; Kingsport staff can connect students with a rich array of online and traditional library services and materials, tutoring, and other student support services.
- Multiple interdisciplinary degree programs to serve adult students, who often have to balance their education with family and full-time employment and who often have previous college credit from one or more institutions. The Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies also offers courses in reading and study skills.
- Our Cohort Programs staff members help academic departments take ETSU degree programs throughout our region. Programs are offered at all degree levels; locations range from Sevierville and Morristown to Bristol and Erwin. Examples of majors include mathematics, criminal justice, business administration, technology, and various specialties in education.
- Our Office of Professional Development offers nationally and regionally known non-credit programs, including work-force development training, conferences, seminars, and continuing education for specific professions and occupations. In addition to traditional programs, Professional Development also offers educational enrichment programming for P-12 students.
Summer School courses offer opportunities for all ETSU students to accelerate their degree programs. In addition, summer school's innovative course offerings provide community members with unique opportunities to study things like aerial dance, attend a composing Symposium, or participate in a film boot camp.
- The Office of Transfer Articulation works to develop partnerships with community colleges in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina to insure seamless transfer from a 2-year associate's degree to the 4-year baccalaureate degree. The office currently maintains curriculum agreements with more than 20 community colleges for more than 40 degree programs.
Rick Osborn, Ph.D.