Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Online classes on the rise - Bali Fergusson, Honolulu Star Bulletin

In the face of rising gas prices, more college students are eschewing costly commutes and turning to online classes.The national trend is reflected locally, where universities such as Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific are seeing sizable increases in online enrollment. "At the undergraduate level, we have a 9.6 percent increase in enrollment in online classes over the last fall," said Scott Stensrud, vice president for enrollment management at Hawaii Pacific University. "I think a lot of the interest is the economic situation and just the traffic. It's getting more expensive to commute."

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