Facebook Pixel About WKU Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

About DELO

The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) was officially formed on July 1, 2003 when the Board of Regents approved its creation.

Dr. Barbara Burch, WKU Provost (1998-2010), was instrumental in DELO's formation. She envisioned a well-developed and expansive outreach program that would take advantage of the talents and interests of faculty and other WKU resources and match those with the needs of constituents locally, nationally, and internationally.

Under founding Dean, Dr. Donald Swoboda, DELO experienced significant growth in programs and staffing. Dr. Swoboda stated that DELO's success is a direct result of strong partnerships, hard-working and dedicated staff, and a bold vision.

Dr. Beth Laves was named Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach following Dr. Swoboda's retirement in October, 2010. Dr. Laves seeks to continue expanding DELO's outreach efforts in order to meet WKU's goals of extending its reach beyond the Bowling Green campus.

DELO Organizational Structure

Beth Laves

Beth Laves

Associate Vice President


Welcome to the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) at Western Kentucky University. Our mission is to extend the education and information resources of WKU to the citizens of Kentucky and beyond. We are a dynamic group of friendly and energetic people who are focused on customer service and quality programming in a variety of formats.

If you are searching for online courses and programs check out our WKU Online pages. We offer credit On Demand courses through on demand study. If you are interested in developing a specific program for your organization or business we can partner with you through a special cohort degree contract program.

We can develop custom made training for your business or organization through our Career & Workforce Development office. We work with many high schools on dual credit programs. Our department of Lifelong Learning can help you find a non-credit program for personal enrichment.

If you are looking for a physical location to hold your meetings or events of all types, I invite you to look at the Knicely Conference Center. You will find our state of the art facility to be one of the finest anywhere. We can also provide your organization with professional conferencing services.

DELO is an exciting place and we would like to partner with you in solving your particular educational program and service needs. Please contact any of our dedicated staff to find out more.

We look forward to serving you.

Please visit our professional development page to learn about DELO's Professional Development Opportunities for staff.

The offices of Academic Affairs, International Programs, and Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) have collaborated with Information Technology to create an online resource for Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs). The MOA Database compiles the agreements at the institutional level between WKU and partners throughout the U.S. and world for the purpose of providing educational, research, creative, and/or scholarly experiences that enhance the WKU mission and vision. The agreement documents have restricted access, however a summary of each active agreement with pertinent information is provided. The summary also includes contact information for requesting additional information.

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 9/15/20