FHSU teams up with Quisic to provide 13 undergraduate courses online

HAYS, KS -- Quisic, an online learning company, today announced that it has licensed all 13 of its online undergraduate business courses to Fort Hays State University. Fort Hays State is the first post-secondary institution to incorporate the entire undergraduate portfolio developed by Quisic.

Participants who enroll in Fort Hays State's online courses will earn three credit hours per course &emdash; the same as taking the classes in a traditional format. Courses will count toward a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a business emphasis from FHSU. Course topics encompass various introductory business modules: accounting, computer literacy, management, marketing, micro- and macroeconomics, and statistics.

"This distance education program represents a valuable opportunity for non-traditional students to enhance their business education skills, broaden their career paths and enjoy flexibility in managing their busy lifestyles," said Cindy Elliott, dean of the Virtual College at Fort Hays State University. "We believe that e-education will gain mass acceptance in the 21st century and are excited to work with Quisic to provide these high-quality business courses. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer this program to busy military professionals at nearby Fort Riley, considering the Army's recent commitment to online education."

Tuition for FHSU virtual courses is $79 per credit hour, and tuition assistance programs are accepted from the military, U.S. government and corporations. On the heels of the U.S. Army's pledge to build an online learning program for military personnel, the partnership between FHSU and Quisic and the resulting degree program offers an immediate and viable solution to the Army's latest initiative.

"We are delighted that Fort Hays State has chosen to license our entire suite of undergraduate courseware," said Jeff Cobb, managing director of Quisic's academic business unit. "We applaud the university's efforts to set the standard for quality undergraduate distance learning and anticipate great interest from students -- including military personnel stationed near the university or around the globe."

Fort Hays State University's online business courses will be available beginning in the fall 2000 semester. They will be delivered via Internet, videotape, audiotape and CD-ROM. In addition to assigning traditional letter grades, the university will offer the option of credit-by-exam, awarding students credit hours after they demonstrate sufficient knowledge of a subject through completion of a comprehensive course exam (also known as a CLEP test).

For more information on how to enroll in FHSU's Virtual College, contact Dean Cindy Elliott at Fort Hays State University, (785) 628-4291. For more information on Quisic, visit the company's web site at . For more information on Fort Hays State University, visit .

About Fort Hays State University
Founded in 1902, Fort Hays State University is a regional university with an enrollment of almost 6,000. It is widely recognized as a leader in providing distance learning using modern technology. FHSU's Virtual College was established in the summer of 1997 to replace the former Office of Continuing Education. The Virtual College uses a wide array of communication technologies -- interactive TV, the Internet, videotapes, audiotapes and others -- to deliver FHSU courses to locations throughout Kansas and beyond. FHSU is located in Hays, the largest city in northwest Kansas, a progressive community of about 20,000 people that was recognized as an All-America City in 1996.

About Quisic
Founded by Chairman Tom Geniesse and CEO Alec Hudnut in 1996 as University Access, Quisic is an online learning company dedicated to creating the most compelling business management education environments for the corporate and academic markets. The company partners with the best business schools, corporations and thought leaders to create award-winning solutions that combine content, technology, service and community.

Quisic's academic partners include the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, London Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and professors from Duke University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California Los Angeles.

Media contacts:

Anthony Jacob
(323) 460-2203

Ryan Schneider
BSMG Worldwide for Quisic
(310) 966-5502

Emily Garcia
BSMG Worldwide for Quisic
(310) 966-5515

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