Since 1986, the Columbia Video Network (CVN) has been a pioneering force in redefining how distance education engineering courses are offered and taught. Over the years, it has made use of the latest technology to refine its course offerings and their delivery. Thanks to CVN's efforts, wherever there's an Internet connection, there's now an opportunity to earn a fully accredited CU masters in engineering. This year, CVN offers 250 courses.
Grace Chung joined CVN in 1997 as its executive director, with the mission of transforming it into a global online learning force. She sees CVN's goals as an extension of Columbia's overarching objectives of enhanced globalization, a fact borne out by CVN's students representing 28 countries.
CVN enables students worldwide to pursue residency-free, fully accredited engineering courses and degree programs completely via the Internet. CVN courses are taught by the same roster of professors teaching courses available to "land-based" students.
Other benefits include the ability to tune into actual classroom questions and review materials at one's leisure or, as alumnus Laksen Sirimanne says, "Whenever the kids are asleep." Students also typically receive answers to their questions within 24 hours, along with daily news updates. As Chung says, "CVN makes it a priority to walk students comfortably through the experience of being a distance learner."