Special Mission Campus and Academic Authority

Is the World Campus an academic unit like other Penn State Campuses?

World Campus is a special purpose campus of Penn State that works in partnership with academic units to deliver Penn State undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs to learners at a distance. Penn State academic colleges retain academic authority. On the other hand, University Policy AD-55 designates the World Campus as the single delivery unit for programs offered at a distance. The strength of this model is the partnership between the academic units and the World Campus in delivering high quality online programs to learners at a distance. These are learners who cannot attend another Penn State campus because of geography or life factors.

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