U. of California's Merced Campus Offers Distance-Education Courses

Because students can't always afford to come to its campuses, the University of California is designing its newest branch to go where the students are.

The university system's new campus at Merced, set to open in 2004, is already using distance-education technology to offer courses at "distributed-learning centers" intended to bring top-quality education to residents of central California. Eventually, centers will be located in Fresno, Bakersfield, and