STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University is funneling $20 million into its online learning academy and hopes to nearly quadruple enrollment.
The Centre Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Yk7no4 ) the university wants enrollment in its World Campus to go from the current 12,000 to 45,000 within the next decade. Penn State President Rodney Erickson says the $20 million to be invested was generated by World Campus through its tuition.
It offers programs including master’s in business administration and bachelor’s in psychology and is aimed at mid-career adults. World Campus Executive Director Wayne Smutz says the money will go toward technology, gathering analytical data and start-up costs to hire new faculty.
World Campus had 41 students in five academic programs when it started in 1998 and now offers more than 90 different degrees.
Information from: Centre Daily Times, http://www.centredaily.com