The University of Wyoming is closing an office it had in Jackson, though it’s overall maintaining services in the town.
The office, housed in Jackson’s Center for the Arts, is where a Riverton-based UW recruitment and enrollment official held monthly office hours, according to a university press release. The closure is part of a spate of moves to shutter now-obsolete distance-learning facilities around the state.
According to the release, sent earlier this month, the site helped deliver distance-education courses via web conferencing. But advances in technology that allow students to take the same courses through their own computers have made such offices unnecessary.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported last week that the university chose not to renew its lease on four rooms in the arts center.
But UW is not pulling out of the Jackson area, the university said in a press release. The physical services lost by the decision not to renew the leases — monthly office hours — may be brought back “in conjunction with UW Extension in Teton County.”
“The educational opportunities in Teton County will not change,” Kyle Moore, UW’s associate vice provost for enrollment management, said in the release. “We intend for professional guidance, consultation and support from the university as well as our community constituencies to continue through monthly visits to personally meet with students and the community. But we have not finalized arrangements for the exact location.”