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June 8, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University has reached a milestone as students taking online courses comprise about 50 percent of the University’s total enrollment this summer.
Additionally, the number of online courses offered at Northwest this summer is up about 26 percent from the 2011 summer trimester and the total online enrollment is up about 20 percent, the University reports.
Blended courses, meaning those that combine online and face-to-face instruction, make up about 4 percent of Northwest’s summer enrollment, while face-to-face enrollments total about 46 percent.
The enrollment totals support Northwest’s ongoing initiative to strategically convert select courses to online instruction in response to student demand, which gives students more flexibility during the summer months.
“This enables students to return home to work or engage in an internship and continue to take courses from Northwest faculty from any location,” Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. “Ultimately, this means students will be able to complete their degree in a more timely fashion by providing them with an option they might not otherwise have.”
Northwest's total student headcount this summer is 2,753 students, an increase of 1 percent over the University’s three-year average for the trimester. The enrollment total consists of 2,196 undergraduate students, an increase of 4.5 percent over the University’s three-year average, and 557 graduate students. Seniors represent the largest segment of Northwest’s student population this summer, with 1,029 enrolled.
Full-time equivalencies, a ratio used to represent a theoretical student enrolled in courses totaling 12 credit hours, rose 1 percent this summer over Northwest’s three-year average. Northwest students are enrolled in a total of 16,698 credit hours this summer, an increase of about 1.5 percent from the 3-year average.
Seventy-two percent of the students enrolled in summer courses at Northwest are Missouri residents.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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