Category Archives: Western Oklahoma State College


Compressed Online Courses Draw More Scrutiny

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is investigating two more institutions over their use of accelerated courses, The Chronicle has learned.

The commission sent letters this month to Cloud County Community College, in Kansas, and Adams State University, in Colorado, requiring those institutions to prepare detailed reports describing their shortened-format courses, which have helped many athletes stay eligible for sports.

Earlier this month, the…


Higher Learning Commission to Investigate Western Oklahoma State College

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools announced on Thursday that it planned to investigate Western Oklahoma State College and its use of accelerated courses.

The move follows a Chronicle report detailing how thousands of college athletes have used the college’s 10-day classes to help maintain their eligibility to compete in NCAA sports. In a written statement, the commission said the article had “raised serious questions about the rigor of these …


Attention, Athletes! Get Your Fast Classes Here, Brochure Says

“Attention Coaches & Student Athletes!,” a brochure from Northeast Texas Community College reads. “Need a class to maintain eligibility? Our Intersession classes will help get players back in the game in no time.”

If you’re an academic adviser or coach, chances are you’ve seen brochures like this one, which someone sent me after reading my article on Western Oklahoma State College.

Unlike Western Oklahoma, which estimates that it has attracted thousands of college athletes to its controversial …


500 Pages in 10 Days: ‘I Wouldn’t Want to Do It,’ Historian Says

Alan Brinkley, a professor of American history at Columbia University, has never taught an online course and doesn’t spend much time thinking about who reads his books. One of those books, The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (McGraw-Hill), is required reading for a two-week course in a controversial online program.

The course, “American History (1865-present),” is one of about 30 offered in a 10-day format by Western Oklahoma State College, a rural community college w…