Students Take Advantage of Online Courses at Northwest

Published 06/13 2014 11:02AM

Updated 06/13 2014 09:51PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) As more of us turn to our smartphones and computers to do business, many colleges are seeing the impact.

This summer, 60 percent of students enrolled in courses at Northwest Missouri State University are taking at least one course online. Thirty-eight percent of those enrolled this summer are taking online courses only.

Northwest's Dean of Enrollment Management says online courses provide more flexibility for students.

"Like most colleges in the country, Northwest is seeing its students enroll in online courses as a way to enhance their course schedules," Bev Schenkel said. "Online courses provide them with the flexibility they need to pursue other interests, activities or work while not compromising their timeline to graduation. Online courses are tools that students use to enhance their traditional college experience because they allow students the flexibility to enjoy diverse experiences outside the classroom."

Nearly 2,800 students are enrolled at Northwest this summer, a 4.1 percent increase over last year.

Online-only courses make up nearly a third of the courses offered by Northwest this summer.

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