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Online education, MOOCs to aid UNL’s push for growth
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Online and distance education is growing quickly at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and administrators expect it to be a key piece of the enrollment puzzle.
In fall 2013, 6,633 students were enrolled in undergraduate online courses and fully online programs. The combined population of these groups is growing an average of 25 percent per semester, according to Online and Distance Education Executive Director Marie Barber. For distance only-programs, which are fully online, growth is about 10 percent per semester.
At his 2013 State of the University address, Chancellor Harvey Perlman said 70 percent of online enrollment includes students who are also present on campus.
“This allows flexibility in scheduling, increased teaching capacity and implementation of different teaching methodologies, all very positive outcomes,” he said. “But they do not contribute to our enrollment or revenue growth. We are committed to reexamining the way we finance online instruction to ensure it creates appropriate incentives to engage broader markets. This no doubt will include providing departments with a more substantial share of online revenue from courses taken by students not already enrolled at UNL.”
Perlman’s goal is to increase the number of students who rarely – if ever – set foot on campus to receive their educations. These students are enrolled in on…………… continues on Daily Nebraskan
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