SUNY Potsdam sees increase in enrollment for its winter semesterOfficials from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam recently revealed that enrollment continues to increase for its winter 2011 semester.

The winter session consists of a three-week online course and a two-week class on campus. Officials said that a total of 385 students are currently registered, which represents a 3 percent increase over 2010 numbers.

Officials added that the Winterim is designed for students who seek to complete courses that are required by their major or general education classes that are difficult to schedule during the spring or fall sessions.

Furthermore, these classes give enrollees the opportunity to pursue unique courses that are not usually offered throughout the year. For instance, the school is offering two international travel programs.

"Students from both SUNY Potsdam and other institutions are becoming more and more aware of the many benefits of enrolling in a Winterim course and continue to ask us to increase the number and variety of courses that we offer during this mini-session," said Tom Fuhr, the school's director of extended education.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, nearly 30 percent of all college and university students now take at least one web-based course. 

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