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The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) was created in 1995, building from the Stanford Instructional Television Network (SITN) which first broadcast Stanford graduate engineering courses to Silicon Valley companies in 1969.

Since then over 5,000 students worldwide have earned Stanford graduate degrees by participating in SCPD distance learning programs, via SITN and Stanford Online. Thousands of others have used SCPD's professional education offerings to enhance their careers.

SCPD is a world leader in providing engineers and other industry professionals with creative career-long learning opportunities, independent of time or distance.
SCPD uses cutting-edge, interactive technologies for our broadcasting and internet delivery systems. (Our 1969 programs offered a microwave talkback link for real-time questions and answers.)
Since 1969, only Stanford faculty and world-renowned experts have taught Stanford courses and facilitate workshops for SCPD.
Stanford Online, launched in 1995, was the first university internet delivery system incorporating text and graphics with video and audio, using technology developed at Stanford.
Stanford Online was recognized as the "Most Significant Advancement in Distance Learning for 1997" by the U.S. Distance Learning Association.
In 1998, SCPD introduced the first fully online Master of Science in Engineering Degree.
Today, SCPD enrolls over 5,000 students annually, has more than 450 member companies, and offers more than 250 courses to industry professionals.

Learn more about the early history of Stanford Online through these reports.

Director's Message
SCPD at a Glance
  SCPD Reports