Jacksonville State University strives to meet the needs of all students. Distance education enhances this capability by utilizing the ever-expanding set of technological tools to reach students who may be unable to participate in the traditional university environment. With the new approaches to teaching that take instruction off campus, such as videoconferencing and online courses, students from all walks of life can be part of the "university experience" while continuing with demanding personal and employment schedules. Greater flexibility in scheduling provided by distance education courses allows JSU to draw from a pool of students from all areas of society. These courses provide students with the education and tools they need to reach their goals, whether they are professional or personal. Distance education provides an outstanding level of education to everyone, not just to select individuals at strictly delineated times of the day.