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Dr. Lily Ranjbar in her office

Experimental coursework leads to innovative programs

Finding a path to global peace This story was originally published by the OSU College of Engineering on Mar. 25, 2020 and originally written by Meriden Vitale. When Lily Ranjbar, director of online programs for the College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, left Iran to pursue her doctorate in the United States, she […]

OSU Ecampus puts student success first

Our students connect regularly with a strong community of classmates, instructors and on-campus support staff – because at OSU Ecampus, we put student success at the forefront of all we do. We provide access to resources like social groups, online forums and one-on-one conversations because those connections do more than just facilitate course projects. They establish a sense of belonging for students.

Luhui Whitebear, the assistant director of Oregon State University's Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, stands amid a group of trees on campus.

Paying it forward to benefit Native American students

Luhui Whitebear has been closely connected to Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse Eena Haws in different ways during her academic career. While pursuing an anthropology bachelor’s degree online with Oregon State Ecampus, she would drop in whenever she came to campus to pick up books. Now, as assistant director of the Eena Haws, she is paying forward the guidance, nurturing and sense of belonging she received as a student.

Mark Moore, Oregon State University Ecampus computer science postbaccalaureate graduate, standing in a server room.

Using computer science to improve education

Change is a word we often prefer to keep at arm’s length. It’s great in the fall, watching leaves change color with a pumpkin-spiced-something in hand, but beyond that it can be intimidating to say the least. Mark Moore, on the other hand, embraced change when he chose to step away from his career as a classroom teacher to pursue a future that blends education and computer science by learning online with OSU Ecampus.

Heath Blackmon, Oregon State University Ecampus environmental sciences graduate and assistant professor at Texas A&M University

Oregon State Everywhere: ‘My Ecampus degree gave me an edge’

“The quality and the rigor of courses that I took at Ecampus were on par with any in-person class and prepared me for a future in science. Even though my classes were taken at a distance, the professors built learning activities that gave me firsthand experience in analyzing and interpreting a range of data from ice core samples to satellite photos.” – OSU Ecampus environmental sciences graduate Heath Blackmon

Ana-Maria M'Enesti, French instructor for Oregon State University Ecampus

French online instructor creates an active, effective learning environment

Learning a new language can be a rewarding experience. But it also implies taking risks, being vulnerable and sometimes working through confusion and frustration. It’s with this understanding that instructor Ana-Maria M’Enesti develops French online courses for OSU Ecampus. “I create my lessons and assessments with a compassionate approach, aiming to encourage deep learning through meaningful interactions,” she says.

Headshot of Monique Lanier, an Oregon State University Ecampus religious studies student

Oregon State Everywhere: Grateful after a 20-year battle

“At the time of the stroke, I was enrolled in the local community college, just about to graduate and start nursing school. I even considered becoming a doctor. As I started to recover, I found out none of my plans were possible. Among other things, I had lost the ability to comprehend written words. … It took 20 years to get here, and I don’t mind a bit. I’m just grateful for the chance and the people at Oregon State who are making it possible.” – Monique Lanier, religious studies student

Joshua Chan Burgos, an OSU Ecampus graduate, wears a graduation cap and gown while surrounded by his family and OSU's mascot, Benny the Beaver

Sustainability, anthropology grad finds inspiration amid poverty, disaster

Inside a classroom in the remote countryside of Central Asia in 2013, Joshua Chan Burgos was jolted into a new and ambitious sense of what he needed to do. Volunteering for a nonprofit, he was surrounded by orphans and saw young faces filled with excitement. He saw children determined to get educated so they could give back to their small communities. Something clicked. Chan Burgos knew his next step was to find a place where he could prepare to put into practice his belief that learning and community-building can occur anywhere on the planet. That place was Oregon State.

Zachary Harris, Master of Public Health student with Oregon State Ecampus, stands in front of the Queen’s Physicians Office Building II in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Online Master of Public Health program helps health systems administrator advance his career

Zach Harris can see himself working in the executive-level management of a health care system. He’s an administrator in charge of ambulatory services at Queen’s Health Systems in Honolulu, Hawaii. To make it to the C-suite, Harris is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree online from Oregon State University – the same university where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees that helped launch his career.