"You've got to believe it has to do something with the economy," said Rita Lampus, Hodges University vice president of student enrollment management.
At Hodges University
's campuses in Collier and Lee counties and at other learning sites there has been an online enrollment increase of nearly 150 percent from 49 online students in the fall to 86 students during the winter semester and 121 students during the summer.
Enrollment figures for the coming fall were not available.Lampus
also credits the enrollment hike locally to the university's aggressive marketing of its online program.
On average, Hodges
offers 90 different online courses per semester, along with 14 different online degree programs.Hodges
also offers blended classes, in which students can take half of the course in a classroom and the other half online.These courses began to be offered to deal with traffic issues during season, Lampus
said.Florida Gulf Coast University
is also seeing annual increases in enrollment in online classes.