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APSU Online Head-Count Enrollment Soars

Austin Peays online head-count enrollment for the main campus is skyrocketinghaving increased more than 80 percent in a year.

According to Dr. Stan Groppel, dean of the Center for Extended and Distance Education, APSUs online head-count enrollment stands at 2,327 for Fall 2005 on main campus, compared to 1,288 at this same time last year.
Austin Peay's online head-count enrollment for the main campus is skyrocketinghaving increased more than 80 percent in a year.

According to Dr. Stan Groppel, dean of the Center for Extended and Distance Education, APSU's online head-count enrollment stands at 2,327 for Fall 2005 on main campus, compared to 1,288 at this same time last year.

For Fall 2004, there were 84 online course sections being offered on the main campus, compared to 182 sections for Fall 2005an indication, Groppel says, of the increased willingness of faculty to step up and meet the needs of students who want online classes.

As a five-year comparison, no online classes were being offered by APSU in 1999-2000.

“It's truly amazing that our online programs have grown so dramatically,” APSU President Dr. Sherry Hoppe said. “And it is only because we had faculty who have been willing to take on the challenge of developing online courses.

“Fortunately, faculty members have seen that we are dealing with students who see online courses as an excellent option in their busy schedules. Under the leadership of Dr. Stan Groppel, we thus moved quickly to respond to the ‘net generation' students.”

For more information about APSU's online programs and degrees, telephone Groppel at (931) 221-6128 or e-mail at groppels@apsu.edu.
—Dennie Burke