Core Functions

In an effort to expand access to Higher Education, Egerton University is gradually adopting a dual mode in teaching/learning. This is largely in response to the
growing number of Kenyans seeking access to higher education, but who may not afford face-to-face instruction. The most active programme so far is teacher
education which started in 2002, now with a population of 1,200 students. Plans are underway to launch pure Distance Learning programmes by 2010.

In an attempt to achieve the foregoing objective, CODL has been mandated through Strategic Objective No. 9 of Egerton University's Strategic Plan
2005/2015 to promote and facilitate the expansion of open and distance education. This will be realized through the following strategies:

(a)Capacity building and enhancement on material development, student services, and Open and Distance Learning research. (b)Support of the infrastructural development at CODL and the ACDE Secretariat.
Further, Strategic Objective No.10 (ibid) gives CODL the mandate to increase access to higher education by implementing the following strategies:
(a)Development of new demand-driven Self-sponsored programmes. (b)Increase of the intake of students in Self-sponsored Programmes on non-
residential basis.

Besides increasing access, quality and relevance of higher education in Kenya the foregoing strategic objectives will go a long way to expanding the student
numbers and in turn improve the financial base of the University. Strategic Aims of the College The strategic aim of the College of Open and Distance Learning is to strengthen Egerton University's position as the leading provider of distance learning in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region by:
Responding to and stimulating further demand for higher education. Providing learners with the best possible learning experience through the use of appropriate and effective teaching and learning media and support services that enhance the quality of education and training; and Enhancing the university's position as a financially sound and stable institution that has financial resources necessary for delivering its mission.

Roles

The College of Open and Distance Learning is charged with the following core functions:
Facilitate the development of programmes and delivery strategies for education and training through open and distance learning.
Assess the need for, develop and co-ordinate multi-media and information technology facilities for open and distance learning. Establish and manage sustainable systems to facilitate the design and production of distance learning materials. Develop, implement and manage learning support systems and services,
including community-based learning centres. Facilitate and promote research in open and distance education, and promote the dissemination and application of findings thereto. Develop collaboration and partnerships with local, regional and international open and distance learning institutions, organizations and
relevant stakeholders.