Online Learning Update

February 19, 2013

Online enrollment grows despite overall decrease

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

by WESLEY ROBINSON, Eastern Kentucky University Progress

Overall enrollment may be down slightly at Eastern this year, but there has been one bright spot: students are turning to online courses in record numbers. As of the spring semester, 22,275 hours or about 12.5 percent of the total hours taken by Eastern students were taken online, school officials said. “The success that we are having with the current students is really beginning to resonate with the prospective students,” said Tim Matthews, director of E-Campus Learning. “People are seeing that these degrees provide a pathway for advancement or a new career.” The department of E-Campus Learning, which Matthews directs, is responsible for 12,287 of the hours students take online or about 7 percent of the overall enrollment total. This number has nearly doubled each of the past three years since the spring of 2011, when online classes accounted for 4,335 credit hours or about 2 percent of the total credit hours earned by students that year.

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