Ferris State University experiences enrollment boost in its spring 2011 semesterOfficials from Ferris State University, which is located in Michigan, recently announced that more students are attending classes at the school than last year, WOOD TV reports.

Enrollment has increased by nearly 400 students since last spring. Officials attribute online learning as a reason for the growing number of individuals who are attending the school.

For instance, This year, nearly 642 individuals took at least one online course at the school, compared to 432 enrollees last spring. Officials noted that web-based student credit hours amassed 12,805, which represents a 17.2 percent increase from 2010 figures.

"What these numbers reflect is that, system-wide, Ferris remains very strong as an institution," said Dan Burcham, vice president for student affairs, quoted by the news source. "That strength is not necessarily reflected in any one area.

According to a recent report by Reuters, the online education sector grew by 17 percent in 2009. Moreover, nearly 25 percent of students are enrolled in at least one web-based class.

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