Summary: In the fall of 1983, in response to SCHEV's goal of expanding
technical education opportunities for Virginians, the Univer-
sity of Virginia (UVa) began broadcasting courses in Materials
Science and Civil Engineering to students at a receiving
site in Virginia Commonwealth University's Cabell Library.
By 1984, both UVa and Virginia Tech were broadcasting via
instructional television fixed service (ITFS) transmitters to
receiving sites in their regions.
Nearly 30 years later, what started out as a distance-learning
experiment with a handful of classes taught by instructors
at the Commonwealth's two renowned engineering schools
has evolved into a dynamic partnership of five institutions
offering master's degrees, certificate programs, and non-
credit seminars to practicing engineers and scientists.
Now known as the Commonwealth Graduate
Engineering Program (CGEP), this collabora-
tion among UVa, Virginia Tech, George Mason
University (GMU), Old Dominion University
(ODU), and Virginia Commonwealth University
(VCU) has become Virginia's premiere provider