University of Florida creating nine new online degree programs by next fallThe Gainesville Sun reports that the University of Florida (UF) has announced the creation of nine new online degree programs for 2011. College officials told the news source that their goal is to double enrollment over the next five years.

The university started an online doctorate in pharmacy for working professionals in 1998. Since then, the college has expanded to provide more than 30 online degree programs, as well as 60 professional certificates. College officials told news source that they also will be adding seven new certificate programs within the next academic year.

Currently, UF is in negotiations with the Compass Knowledge Group in an effort to expand its distance-learning programs. Under the current proposal, the college retains the rights to course content, student acceptance, financial aid and student evaluation.

Meanwhile, Compass will provide services such as marketing, student recruitment and retention for the web-based programs.

According to research by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium, more than 4.6 million students in the U.S. enrolled in online courses in 2008. 

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