June 4, 2013
70 percent of Northwest summer students enrolled in online course
Northwest Missouri State University has reached a milestone as students taking at least one online course comprise 70 percent of the University’s total enrollment this summer.
Online-only courses make up 28 percent of Northwest’s summer course offerings, while face-to-face courses total 70 percent. Two percent of courses offered by Northwest this summer are blended courses, meaning they combine online and face-to-face instruction.
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 2,571 students. The enrollment total consists of 2,109 undergraduate students and 462 graduate students. Seniors represent the largest segment of Northwest’s student population this summer, with 989 enrolled. Undergraduate credit hours are up 11 percent this summer with a total 15,114. Credit hours taken by Missouri undergraduate residents are up 6 percent, and enrollment of undergraduate out-of-state residents is up 7 percent compared to last summer.
Full-time equivalencies, a ratio used to represent a theoretical student enrolled in courses totaling 12 credit hours, rose 6 percent this summer compared to last summer. Northwest students are enrolled in a total of 17,756 credit hours this summer, an increase of about 6.7 percent compared to last year.
Seventy-one percent of the students enrolled in summer courses at Northwest are Missouri residents.
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