IEEE and United States Open University (USOU) recently announced a partnership designed to promote continuing education and professional development among IEEE members.

IEEE members who enroll in USOU distance-learning courses and degree programs via the IEEE web site ( will receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition. The USOU enrollment site joins the IEEE Professional Development Institute (IEEE PDI) gateway Web site.

USOU is a new, non-profit university established to meet the needs of students whose schedules and commitments prevent them from attending a traditional campus. The program offers faculty support and multimedia course materials.

"The IEEE is dedicated to providing its members access to high-quality education programs designed to promote their technical vitality and advance their careers," said Lyle Feisel, vice president of the IEEE Educational Activities Board. "We are happy that USOU has joined the IEEE PDI roster and encourage all interested IEEE members to explore USOU's programs and courses."

Richard Jarvis, chancellor of USOU, said, "For busy working professionals, USOU offers the opportunity to continue your education without having to meet the demands of a fixed classroom schedule."

For more information, visit Spring 2001 registration continues through January 29.