Austin Community College is expanding the number of online courses and degree programs to meet a steep increase in demand for flexible educational opportunities.
“This is the fastest growing student population at ACC. Students need more flexible options to fit education into their busy lives,” says Dr. Erasmus Addae, distance education associate vice president. “Our enrollment data match trends we’re seeing across the nation.”
Overall, college enrollment has held steady over the past five years, while enrollment in distance education courses has climbed more than 22 percent. Enrollment in online courses is up nearly five percent in just the past year.
This fall, ACC expanded support services for online and distance education students, assigning study advisors to assist distance education courses and developed a new online tutoring service to help reach students with limited access to campus.