November 1, 2010 | | Leave a comment More individuals who are employed are seeking ways to further their education while still working full-time and caring for their families. The University of Wisconsin, along with many Midwestern colleges, have introduced an online degree program to help professionals remain flexible with their time as they earn advanced degrees, reports the Business Journal. College officials say online education across the country is growing at a rate of between 14 and 17 percent each year, compared to classroom enrollment growth of only one to two percent. “The marked increase in registrations affirms the need for quality online education from University of Wisconsin institutions,” said David Schejbal, dean of the university’s division of continuing education, outreach and e-learning, told the news source. “Sooner or later, I am sure the growth will start to slow down, but right now, it continues to increase.” Currently, Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon has 1,656 students enrolled in approximately 400 online courses, which represents a 14 percent increase from 2007. Furthermore, the Milwaukee School of Engineering began offering hybrid classes to its graduate students earlier this year. A recent report from the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium reveals that nearly 4.6 million students in the U.S. were enrolled in online courses during the 2008 academic year.