The University of Denver (DU) and University College have a long history of providing educational opportunities for busy adults. In 1938, DU started to offer courses for working adults when the College of Liberal Arts bulletin added the “University College” division. This endeavor sought to provide courses to students who wished to continue their education while employed.

In the 1980s, New College was created. Two main reasons why New College was created was to offer evening courses and to develop a computing program because it was an up and coming field. The fall catalog in 1983 listed master’s degrees in communications, data processing, and liberal arts. The fall catalog also included a Bachelor of General Studies program for students who had the first two years of college completed. New College was marketed as being more flexible, personalized, and interdisciplinary. In 1985, New College became University College and added new programs including Environmental Policy and Management, Telecommunication Management, Healthcare Systems, Geographic Information Systems (in collaboration with the Department of Geography), Global Logistics Systems, Library and Information Science, Liberal Studies, and Modern Languages.

University College started offering distance learning 20 years ago in 1996 and continues to be dedicated to providing working adults flexible learning options with classes available in the evening and online. Over the past few years, University College has taken flexible learning to a new level. Many programs have started offering “hybrid” courses, which is a mix of on campus and online classes. The GIS program began offering “hyflex” courses, where online classes are presented in real-time running synchronously with an on-campus section. Hyflex courses allow distance learners to make connections with on campus students and their instructors.

University College’s long history of providing working adults an education has kept us committed to helping busy adults reach their educational goals and make an impact on their world.

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