Baptist university reports record enrollment figures

posted on Tuesday, Nov 01 2011

Wayland Baptist University in Texas has reported record numbers of candidate applications and student enrollment, thanks to the diverse range of online certificate programs, online bachelor degree programs and online masters degree courses offered at the school.

The number of students choosing to earn their qualifications at Wayland increased by almost 6 percent, breaking the records previously set in the fall of 2007.

"This record enrollment can be attributed to the continued growth in the quality and value of what we offer," Claude Lusk, vice president of enrollment management, said in a statement. "When you look at the educational opportunities at Wayland, the academic diversity, the international experiences, the mission opportunities and the affordability, it creates a value that is being recognized and growth is a result of that."

Enrollment in the online certificate programs, online bachelor degree programs and online masters degrees saw the greatest increases in student applications. According to university officials, more than 2,780 students enrolled in the school’s virtual campus, an increase of more than 15 percent from last year.

The growth in student enrollment reported by Wayland is being seen by a number of universities across the country. According to data from the Sloan Consortium, online enrollment increased by 21 percent in 2010, compared to the 2 percent reported growth in enrollment in traditional classroom-based programs. 

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