What's available now?
Oklahoma colleges and universities already have a variety of Web-based offerings, with some schools offering a few entire degree programs online. For example, Northwestern Oklahoma State University launched online bachelor's degree programs in business administration and accounting in 2011.
Western Oklahoma State College also has several online degree programs. The courses come in formats that last 16 weeks, eight weeks, four weeks or 10 days.
At the meeting, college President Phillip Birdine said the college began offering the courses as a way to help the university stay viable in an increasingly competitive higher education market.
Although the college makes extensive use of the Web-based model, Birdine said, it limits its offerings to courses that lend themselves well to online instruction.