Chadron State College sees enrollment increase from students seeking graduate degree programsOfficials from the Chadron State College, which is located in Nebraska, recently announced that enrollment has increased by nearly 3 percent since last year, KCSR reports.

School officials attribute the recent success to new online programs and the growing number of students who are seeking masters degrees. Enrollment in the school's graduate programs has increased by nearly 6 percent over the same time period.

Currently, the school offers online masters degrees in science, math, community and school counseling, history, business administration as well as organizational management, among others.

Officials told the news source that the school's online masters in organizational management degree program has become more popular in recent years because it offers focus on human services, natural resources and sports management.

“Masters and graduate students are often people who are in the workforce already," Gary White, dean of the school, told the news source. "The eight-week format works better for them because it is online.

A 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium shows that approximately 4.6 million students were taking at least one web-based course during the fall 2008 semester.

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