University of Nebraska experiences a huge increase in online enrollmentsOfficials from the University of Nebraska (NU) have found that enrollment in online courses has increased over last year’s numbers, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

School officials told the news source that 20,774 students took distance learning classes through the Lincoln, Kerney and Omaha campuses in 2009. The number represents a 26 percent increase over the previous year.

Furthermore, NU Online Worldwide offers both undergraduate and graduate-level courses at these three campuses. College officials added that about half of the 98,133 online course credits during the 2009-2010 academic year were earned by students who never visit a campus. The remainder used web-based classes to supplement their traditional programs.

President of the school, J.B. Milliken, said that the distance learning effort is designed to make college education more accessible to Nebraska students who might not otherwise be able to pursue a degree.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, web-based program enrollment numbers have increased by 21 percent, which exceeds the 2 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.

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