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APSU's online enrollment surges

With urging and support by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe and hard work by many faculty members, APSU has gone from offering no online classes when Hoppe arrived in 2000 to leading the state in online enrollment.

Dr. Stan Groppel, dean of Extended and Distance Education, recently reported 5, 042 online enrollments for Spring 2007 compared with 3,966 last springa 27 percent increase, while online headcount is 2,936a 24 percent increase over last springs 2,350.
With urging and support by Austin Peay State University President Sherry Hoppe and hard work by many faculty members, APSU has gone from offering no online classes when Hoppe arrived in 2000 to leading the state in online enrollment.

Dr. Stan Groppel, dean of Extended and Distance Education, recently reported 5, 042 online enrollments for Spring 2007 compared with 3,966 last springa 27 percent increase, while online headcount is 2,936a 24 percent increase over last spring's 2,350.

Besides providing numerous online classes, APSU now offers 12 fully online degrees with several other bachelor's and master's degrees soon to be offered online, also.

Hoppe said, “Given the rapid rise in the popularity of online education over the past few years and the tremendously aggressive competition for online students, Austin Peay would have struggled to maintain its enrollment had it not been for a few faculty pioneers who, back in 2000, were willing to accept my challenge to learn to teach online.

“I commend them, and I congratulate and thank Dr. Stan Groppel for his leadership in moving our online offerings forward with kind but firm persistence.”

Online enrollment is included in APSU's overall enrollment, which increased more than 6 percent in head count and almost 4 percent in full-time equivalency (FTE) this spring. -- Dennie B. Burke