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Published September 22, 2010, 10:17 PM

UND Seeing Growth In Online Courses

The University of North Dakota is seeing a growth each year when it comes to online courses. The growth is helping with student retention and enrollment.

The University of North Dakota is seeing a growth each year when it comes to online courses. Students can take class credits via the internet, while never having to enter a classroom.

These online courses help students with their schedules. But as WDAZ reported earlier in the week, it also is a factor into UND breaking an enrollment record.

"It works very well. I can do all my other homework before it's due. It's only an eight week course so I can get it done much faster," Kelly Churchill, freshman at UND said.

UND's enrollment for this fall is at 14,194, over 1,000 more than last fall. Their last enrollment record was in 2004. Online courses have played a roll in this record-breaking semester.

"12.5 percent of students are solely online students. It's a new population for the university and a growing one," Joshua Riedy, UND Dean of Outreach programs said.

Particularly for graduate students and non-traditional students. Distance education is allowing more people to enroll in school. But online courses have made their way on campus to mainstream classes.

For students in the classroom, or online miles away, Riedy says the online component is helping UND's retention rate. More importantly, he says it is helping students learn.

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