Kentucky Virtual University Increases Enrollment by 112%

September 25, 2001

The Kentucky Virtual University, the state’s official virtual campus, experienced a 112 percent increase in student enrollment this fall. Preliminary fall numbers show that 5,034 students are enrolled at the cyber campus, up from 2,372 from last fall.

Officials said enrollments were driven by the addition of 24 new programs and increased capacity in existing ones. In-state colleges contributed 23 of the new programs.

Daniel Rabuzzi, acting CEO, praised the state’s colleges and universities for developing the accredited, online programs that the virtual university offers to residents in all 120 Kentucky counties.

“These new programs expand Kentuckians’ access to critical educational programs and, as a result, will create a better educated workforce. Thanks to the leadership at Kentucky institutions, residents restricted by geography and time constraints can access educational opportunities ‘anytime and anywhere.'”

The new programs range from professional development and college credit certificates to complete degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master levels. The virtual campus now offers 48 programs completely online and 545 courses.

Kentucky colleges and universities offering the new programs include Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Lexington Community College, Lexington Community College Unit for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, University of Louisville Division of Distance and Continuing Education, and Western Kentucky University.

The University of Baltimore’s webMBA is the only out-of-state program added to expand capacity. Under the agreement, UB will offer Maryland in- state tuition rates to Kentucky residents. The UB MBA marks the third MBA that the KYVU offers. Both Morehead State University and Sullivan University offer MBA degrees through the KYVU.

For more information on KYVU programs and courses, please call toll-free at 1-877-740-4357 or visit www.kyvu.org

The Kentucky Virtual University is the Commonwealth’s official virtual campus. Serving more than 6100 Kentuckians through the Spring 2001 term, the KYVU also has students from 33 states and 10 foreign countries. The KYVU’s website at www.kyvu.org serves as a one-stop point of access for learners of all ages seeking convenient, accessible and affordable online education and student services. These services include the Kentucky Virtual Library at www.kyvl.org (http://www.kyvl.org), 24×7 tech support and a call center.