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BV's 'satellites' pay dividends

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Students find their future off-campus . . .

As always, students attending Buena Vista University come from towns like Linn Grove, Meridian and Schleswig.

But they no longer have to trek to Storm Lake and live in the dorms or in off-campus housing. Now students, particularly the older, nontraditional attendees, can attend BVU sites in Spencer, Cherokee and Denison - and 12 others to boot.

The old method of earning a college degree strictly by matriculation to one campus site is increasingly not the norm in Iowa private colleges.

BVU coursework can be taken at 15 non-Storm Lake sites yet the parchment earned is exactly the same as those graduating from Storm Lake. BVU has a campus presence hours away in Mason City, Iowa Falls, Red Oak and even Ottumwa.

BVU is part of a trend of colleges offering what are called satellite sites, extended campuses or a centers program. College officials see it as a part of outreach to students who are not likely to pack up and move to the long-standing college site. Further, the practice pays dividends for colleges in the form of pumped-up enrollments (and revenues).

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