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Executive Master of Public Policy student Bob Horton stands at a podium to give a speech in his role as fire chief in White City, Oregon. The flags of the United States and the state of Oregon are on either side of him.

Fire chief finds his fit in Oregon State’s online Executive Master of Public Policy program

Bob Horton, a student in Oregon State’s Executive Master of Public Policy program, says OSU Ecampus “makes a deliberate effort to provide inclusion opportunities” for online students. “It absolutely makes the experience more personal. It is palpable how committed the School of Public Policy faculty are to student success.”

Two shoppers purchase eggs at an outdoor market, with a woman holding a smartphone as she scans a hand-held payment device

An online business analytics degree for a data-driven workforce

Given its ubiquity across industries, analytics skills are in high demand in the job market, and research shows the trend is expected to continue. That’s, in part, why Oregon State Ecampus launched its online business analytics bachelor’s program. “(Companies) realize by analyzing this data, they can identify new solutions to optimize their business practices and to identify new sources of income,” says Bin Zhu, associate professor of business information systems in the College of Business.

Oregon State’s Class of 2020 features 1,128 students who earned degrees online

On her first day as an OSU Ecampus student in 2013, Cheryl Jobs sat down at a Starbucks in the New York metro area, opened her laptop, and she got to work. “I remember feeling excited,” she recalls now. “The material had me hooked from day one.” Seven years later, Jobs is one of the 1,128 members of the Ecampus Class of 2020 who earned their degrees online.

Meet Oregon State’s open educational resources team

Making high-quality education affordable and accessible for students is a critical priority at Oregon State. That’s the mission that has driven OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit for many years, and it’s one we’re committed to more than ever. In order to help faculty and the OSU community better understand why OER are so critical for student success, the OER Unit’s leadership team answered a series of questions.

Headshot image of Sarah Brown, a sociology graduate of Oregon State University

Online sociology degree leads alum from rural town to Fulbright scholarship and more

Sarah Brown began as an OSU Ecampus student many years ago, when instruction was often delivered by VHS videos. Technology evolved as her studies continued (thankfully). After graduating with honors in 2016, Brown earned a prestigious Fulbright scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. And the knowledge she gained in OSU’s sociology program significantly impacted her ability to succeed while conducting independent research in Hungary.

Oregon State Ecampus booms in the Ed Ray years

Many people, including Oregon State University leadership, saw the life-changing potential of the World Wide Web. In the quarter century since Newsweek published its infamous article doubting the value of the internet, OSU has earned a reputation as a national leader in online teaching and learning – and that rise to distinction coincides with President Ed Ray’s 17-year tenure.

Scott Akins, a professor of sociology at Oregon State University, poses in front of a building. Scott's teachings focus largely on crime and justice.

Crime and justice is a key focus of Oregon State online sociology degree

When Scott Akins was “a bit of a juvenile delinquent” growing up. Now he’s a Ph.D. professor of sociology at Oregon State University. “After experiencing criminal behavior and law enforcement from the ‘other side,’ I became very interested in studying the behavior, why it occurs and what can be done to prevent it,” Akins says. That’s precisely what students can study as part of the crime and justice option in Oregon State’s online sociology bachelor’s degree program.

A person's gloved hand reaches toward a discarded plastic water bottle on the ocean sand, with other people in the background also involved in the cleanup effort. Environmental and natural resource option in Oregon State's sociology bachelor's degree program.

Oregon State’s online sociology degree adds environmental focus

The OSU Ecampus sociology online bachelor’s degree program gives students the ability to enroll in an environmental and natural resource option. The multidisciplinary coursework in this option examines environmental issues from a social science perspective, and it provides an in-depth analysis of how societies interact with their biophysical environments.

Hope Nelson sits on a concrete bench with a computer on her lap outside the Oregon State Valley Library. She earned an online German degree from OSU.

Online German degree opens the world for OSU Ecampus alum

People used to ask Hope Nelson how she learned to speak German. Hope says her answer didn’t seem adequate. She taught herself using textbooks and audio tools in high school before living in Germany for a year as an exchange student. But now she is proud to have a German bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University Ecampus as proof.

Oregon State University Ecampus graduate Caitlin Brooks, then a police officer in central Oregon, holds a white dog

Online business degree takes grad from fighting crime to launching a business

For Caitlin Brooks, furthering her education enabled her to launch her own fitness apparel business. But her journey to reaching that point wasn’t easy given her full-time job and the other challenges she encountered. The quality, support and flexibility offered online by OSU Ecampus became essential to her success.