Old Dominion University is a four-year, public research institution of higher education, located in Norfolk, which is a city in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
Old Dominion University celebrates three historical marks of distinction. The school was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary. Then in 1962, Old Dominion became an independent institution; and later in 1969, Old Dominion gained university status. Today, Old Dominion University enrolls more than 24,000 students, including international students from over 100 different countries. In addition to its main campus, Old Dominion maintains the following extended campus centers: Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton; Virginia Beach Higher Education Center in Virginia Beach; and Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth. Additionally, Old Dominion supports a large number of economic research centers, some of which include but are not limited to: Applied Research Center, Center for Advanced Engineering Environments, Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center, and the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium (VCERC).
The mission of the University states that Old Dominion “serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.”
About 70 bachelor degree programs, along with more than 50 master’s and over 40 doctoral degree programs are housed in six colleges. In addition, Old Dominion supports two education specialist degrees. Colleges include:
- Arts & Letters
- Business & Public Administration
- Engineering & Technology
- Health Sciences
- Honors College
Learning resources for students include a vast library network with more than three million print materials, in addition to online journals, e-books, and research databases. Students also have access to tutoring, academic advising, and the English Language Center. Student computing resources include multiple labs and classrooms, along with networking and tech support. ODU also encourages the continued education of service members, their families, and U.S. government employees with on-site military installations. Military assistance includes testing centers, help with admissions, advising, scheduling, and financial aid services.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
Old Dominion University originated its first distance education program in the mid-1980s, and by 1994, offered video stream classrooms via TELETECHNET satellite in partnership with Virginia’s community colleges. Distance education has continued to grow at the university, and today Old Dominion offers extensive options, with over 70 degree programs delivered online, by satellite, via video streaming, and on CD-ROM. In addition to these distance education programs, ODU hosts long distance learning opportunities at about 50 different sites, including locations in Virginia, Arizona, and Washington.
Students can enroll in online bachelor’s (along with minor options), master’s, doctorate, ed specialist, and certificate and licensure programs. Fields include studies in business, communication and writing, computer science, education, engineering, health sciences and nursing, and the social sciences. While some online programs support asynchronous (no set meeting time) formats, other degrees support synchronous (virtual same-time) coursework. The online classroom environment often features learning modules, complete with assignments, exams, and discussion boards. Synchronous sessions feature two-way audio and video chats through web conferencing tools, such as Adobe Connect. Students may also engage lessons via video streaming, and some courses may require hybrid on-campus or on-site components. Online degrees may require the completion of a practicum or internship as well.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:11,472
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