EDUKAN and Fort Hays Partner to Expand Online College Courses to Students #DistanceEd

Award-winning EDUKAN and Fort Hays State University join forces to help students simplify pursuing their educational goals.

EDUKAN, leader in distance education for college students since 1998 announced today that effective immediately they will be co-marketing educational programs from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) that will simplify the path for students to go from certificates to an AAS degree and on to a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

The strategic alliance with Fort Hays State University will open up the options to students pursuing individual classes or degrees online while making it easy to transfer credits from one institution to the next.

“In line with the continued shift in focus to value-based quality education, the new strategic alliance between EDUKAN and FHSU provides students with even greater opportunities for achieving their academic goals. The new partnership not only broadens the range of options at the programmatic level, but also serves to simplify the often challenging higher education landscape by creating clear pathways to graduation,” said Esther Lahargoue, EDUKAN’s Chief Executive Officer.  “The combined course offerings are designed to meet the needs of both national and international students.”

Under the agreement, both EDUKAN and FHSU will work together in co-branding efforts, as well as provide information on the educational paths available for the field of study the student wishes to follow for distance education. This includes conferences and other recruiting opportunities to educate students on the benefits of online, digital college opportunities available that are low-cost, work on a flexible schedule and are available from anywhere at any time through mobile access.

Dr. Joseph “Joey” Linn, FHSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs said “This agreement advances the great working relationship already in place between FHSU, EDUKAN, and the colleges which are a part of EDUKAN.”  Dr. Linn continued “With this agreement, western Kansas will be able to offer the world one of the largest catalogs of online degrees, expanding learning opportunities at the certificate, associates, bachelors, masters, and professional doctorate degree levels.”   

EDUKAN’s distance education offering to students include 205 plus courses year round with 19 certificate and AA degree programs; while Fort Hays State University, offers over 45 online degrees which when combined dramatically increase the number of fully accredited options for students coming to both institutions.


Connecting You to Your Future –  EDUKAN provides access to quality, affordable, higher education online courses for students pursuing college degrees, certificates or individual courses. Founded in 1998, EDUKAN has been helping students who are returning to complete a degree, high school students looking for early college credit, students needing a flexible schedule or specific courses to complete their degree path, or people looking to make a career change.  EDUKAN courses are all accredited through our consortium of Kansas learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories helping students achieve their educational goals.  EDUKAN Consortium member institutions are: Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College, in Liberal. For more information, please visit

About Fort Hays State University

Forward Thinking. World Ready – Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online, and in China. Providing a high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S. It has an enrollment in excess of 14,600 students (Approximately 4,800 on campus, 3,300 in China, and over 6,500 online) and over 380 full time faculty. Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships. Fort Hays State University’s award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries. The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others. Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments. FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.