More than 100 online courses are being offered during SUNY Canton’s upcoming Winterterm session and the College anticipates another year of record enrollments.
Registration for Winterterm is open and the session will begin Dec. 21 and will conclude Jan. 17, 2012. Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.
“SUNY Canton has asserted itself as one of the premier colleges for students to turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We provide one of the largest winter sessions in the state that is both accessible and affordable because the courses are online. We have a reputation for offering quality online courses thanks to the tireless work of our faculty and several student service and support offices across campus.”
Last year’s Winterterm session was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during Winterterm, a 46 percent growth in enrollment since 2009-10. The session was more than seven times larger than the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session six years ago.
Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown said he expects enrollment trends to mirror previous years including the number of non-SUNY Canton student enrollments. In 2010-11, more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.
“Our enrollments come from all over the state and throughout the country,” Brown said. “We had students enroll from more than 30 SUNY schools last year, but we also see enrollments from students at Siena College, Kettering University, Cornell, Tulane, University of Tampa, Arizona State University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the U.S.”
Brown noted this year’s session offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations, as well as a variety of elective courses that will appeal to a wider range of students.
“The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We’ll also have courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and other disciplines.”
SUNY Canton began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.
The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment and Brown suggests that students register as early as possible through www.canton.edu/winterterm/.
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