Morris County colleges are finding students increasingly opting to attend college online, both for the convenience of courses at home and to escape rising gas prices. Officials at the College of Saint Elizabeth watched the steady rise of gas prices last winter and decided to offer more online courses. They grew their online undergraduate and graduate course listings for the summer and fall by 35 percent and were rewarded with a 40 percent increase in online enrollment, so far.
"Gas prices are part of the consideration, especially for adult students," said Carol Strobeck, dean of the women's college at St. Elizabeth's. "Some travel fairly long distances to get to campus."