Distance Learning Cited As Way to Increase Revenue

At least one institution of higher learning — the University of Virginia — officials are looking to add more online classes in the coming years, increase the number of professional development courses, and add distance-learning courses as ways to increase revenue.

“We know that the university brand is one that has potential for being well-received” outside central Virginia, Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer, told the Aaron Lee Media General News Service. “And the president has encouraged us to think not only statewide and nationally, but globally as well.”

Sandridge said officials have not decided what kinds of programs to offer, but that courses in executive business and health-care fields would play to U.Va.’s strengths.

According to U.Va., the School of Continuing and Professional Studies enrolled nearly 12,450 adults in for-credit courses offered off-campus during the 2007-08 school year.

At least one institution of higher learning — the University of Virginia — officials are looking to add more online classes in the coming years, increase the number of professional development courses, and add distance-learning courses as ways to increase revenue.

“We know that the university brand is one that has potential for being well-received” outside central Virginia, Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer, told the Aaron Lee Media General News Service. “And the president has encouraged us to think not only statewide and nationally, but globally as well.”

Sandridge said officials have not decided what kinds of programs to offer, but that courses in executive business and health-care fields would play to U.Va.’s strengths.

According to U.Va., the School of Continuing and Professional Studies enrolled nearly 12,450 adults in for-credit courses offered off-campus during the 2007-08 school year.

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