October 19, 2010 | | Leave a comment In response to a recent demand for online programs from its students and budget cuts, the University of North Carolina (UNC) is exploring the expansion of its online and distance-learning courses, reports The Daily Tar Heel. UNC offers 135 degrees programs online, college officials told the news source. The university is encouraging more students to enroll in online courses because it is cost-effective for both the institution and students. “I think the president and I have both communicated to every campus that their [schools] are going to demand [online courses] down the road,” Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the board of governors told the news source. “Their students are going to want flexibility.” Currently, students who take online classes take exams at the satellite school that is closest to them. However, professors can set up tests through the school’s e-Proctoring online, which is intended to minimize cheating and enhance educational quality online. According to a 2009 report published by the Sloan Consortium, online enrollments experienced a 17 percent increase from the previous year, exceeding the 1.2 percent growth of traditional on-campus enrollment.