December 14, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Officials from Ashford University recently announced that the school graduated more than 8,268 students in 2010. They added that nearly 98 percent of these alumni earned their degree online. School officials added that 343 students earned associate’s degrees, 6,053 obtained a bachelor’s, while 1,842 attained their master’s. Furthermore, in response to increasing student enrollments, the college needs to hold commencement ceremonies three times per year. Officials added that approximately 3,000 more students graduated than in 2009, which represents the largest class in the school’s history. “At Ashford, we believe in higher access to high-quality higher education. Our dramatic increase in graduates demonstrates that non traditional students are increasingly successful in furthering their education and earning their college degrees through online education,” said Jane McAuliffe, president of the school. The school currently offers bachelor’s courses for $372 per hour while master’s classes start at $486 per credit. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, web-based enrollment experienced a growth of nearly 1 million students from 2009. Furthermore, approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course during the fall semester of last year.