Thursday, May 5, 2011

College’s fully online offerings continue to expand

Daytona State College is riding a wave of popularity in online classes among students, expanding its fully online course offerings by 34 percent over the past three years and increasing student enrollment in these courses by a staggering 250 percent.

Through its College of Online Studies, Daytona State has been steadily building its program offerings and course delivery mechanisms for a number of years. The result has been an increase in student enrollment in fully online courses from 11,085 in 2008 to 27,719 in 2010.

The college currently offers more than 150 totally online courses and as many hybrid (partially online) courses.

The increase is the result of multiple factors, according to Dr. Robert Saum, dean of the College of Online Studies. “Building upon our online initiative supports our mission to provide access to higher education,” he said,” but also the increases are driven largely by what our students are demanding. They want the convenience and flexibility that online courses offer to them. Still, we have to also attribute our growth to the same factors that have driven the college’s overall enrollment growth over the past few years – the sluggish economy, which tends to send many people back to school.”

In fact, online education has become a mainstay in American higher education, with more than a third of college and university students across the nation taking at least one online course each semester, according to a Sloan Consortium survey released last November. It represents the largest ever year-to-year increase in the number of students studying online since the annual survey began eight years ago, outpacing total higher education enrollment growth by 19 percent annually. A Pearson Foundation survey released in April this year focused exclusively on community college students and found that 60 percent have taken at least one online course.

Daytona State’s fully online degree and certificate programs include:

Bachelor’s Degrees *
·         Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS)
·         Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET)
·         Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology – Information Systems Tech Concentration (BSIST)
·          Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology – Electrical Engineering Tech Concentration (BSEET) **

* Daytona State’s bachelor’s degree offerings feature a 2 + 2 model, requiring students to complete an associate of science degree during the first two years of study followed by two years of baccalaureate degree coursework.

** While BSEET coursework can be completed entirely online, the program requires face-to-face attendance in several labs.

Associate Degrees

·         Associate of Arts/University Transfer *
·         Associate of Science in Accounting Technology **
·         Associate of Science in Business Administration **
·         Office Administration **
·         Office Administration/Medical Transcription Option **

 * Save thousands of dollars by earning your associate of arts degree online, then transferring to a Florida public university to complete your junior and senior year of baccalaureate study.

** Daytona State’s associate of science degrees are designed to provide you the skills you need for immediate entry into rewarding careers. Or, advance your skills by enrolling for an additional two years in our Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management degree program.

One-Year Technical Certificates

·         Accounting Applications/Computerized
·         Accounting Technology Operations/Tax Prep
·         Business Management
·         Business Operations/Entrepreneurship
·         Office Management
·         Office Management/Medical Option
·         Office Support

Find out more information about Daytona State’s online course and program offerings by visiting the College of Online Studies on the Web.