SUNY Canton enrollment virtually explodes

By Christopher Robbins, Canton Times

SUNY Canton is experiencing a surge in enrollment, but not all those new students are filling parking spaces and dormitories. The big increase is in students taking online courses. In 2000, 99 students participated in four online courses. By 2010, that number had grown to 3,232 students enrolled in 142 online courses. Kyle A. Brown, director of online learning, said an intentional effort to encourage more online courses led to the growth. “In 2005 Canton saw that there was an increased demand from students to have more flexibility in the courses,” he said. “We grew out of an initiative from some of the technical colleges in SUNY to look for more online work and videoconferencing.”

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