June 16, 2011
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Thressea Boyd
Director of Communications

VSU Summer Graduate Enrollment Soars

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University is reporting a 24 percent increase in summer enrollment for graduate courses. In addition, the number of non-traditional students (over the age of 24) taking courses this summer has increased 8 percent from last year. Overall, 2011 summer undergraduate and graduate enrollment increased approximately 8 percent from last year.

“During the tough economic times, Valdosta State’s faculty, deans and department heads have developed innovative degrees and course offering that are both affordable and flexible to accommodate busy work schedules,” said President Patrick J. Schloss. “Through strategic program development, we increased course offerings this summer to ensure that students had every opportunity to continue working towards degree completion. Faculty members were most gracious and willing to teach the increased courses this summer.”

This semester, 455 students are taking classes through the Georgia ONmyLINE (GOML) academic franchise program--a 27 percent increase from summer 2010. Valdosta State continues to rank as the top University System of Georgia institution in the number of students taking GMOL courses. These online programs offer flexible and convenient alternatives for working professionals to earn degrees.

In addition to GOML programs, VSU offers a variety of online degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Office Administration and Technology, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Public Administration (City Manager Track), Master of Social Work, Education Specialist in Instructional Technology, and a Doctor of Public Administration.

Beginning fall 2011, VSU will offer an online Master of Arts in Literature and Language and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.