The Republican: UMassOnline division graduates 151 students

The Republican: UMassOnline division graduates 151 students


AMHERST - UMassOnline, the state university's online education division, had 151 students graduate from 11 programs offered by four of the system's campuses this year.

That's compared to about 50 graduates last year, according to UMassOnline spokeswoman Leslie G. Granese.

The difference in graduates from this year to last year is because of online programs that were launched last year. Students didn't have enough time to complete the new programs and graduated this year instead, Granese said yesterday.

"UMassOnline gives distance students the same high-quality learning experience and program expectations as our on-campus students," said David Gray, new chief executive officer of the online program. "The quality and outcomes are the same; only the medium is different."

The 151 graduates participated in academic programs at UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell. Lowell conferred 65 degrees; Amherst, 64; Boston, 10; and Dartmouth, 8. Bachelor, master, associate and doctoral degrees were all earned. Typical online students are working professionals, Granese said.

The online program was launched in 2001 and has shown an annual increase in enrollment and revenues. In fiscal 2001, there were 5,275 students enrolled and revenues amounted to $3,459,500; fiscal 2002, 8,345 students, $6,113,403 in revenues; fiscal 2003, 11,239 students, $9,107,395 in revenues; and fiscal 2004, 14,787 students, $12,682,476 in revenues.

Date: 06/10/04