SUS network attempts to increase enrollment through online programs

Officials from the Southern University System (SUS), which operates five college campuses across Louisiana, recently announced plans to deliver a range of new online degree programs from students from ethnic minority groups, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

SUS will partner with Educational Online Services Corporation (EOServe) to accelerate the development of the universities' online presence in an attempt to attract students who may not be able to attend traditional campus-based degree programs to fill out college applications. SUS could benefit financially from the plans as EOServe will provide much of the initial investment required to establish the new degree programs.

"We want to help expand the school’s brand and give students the opportunity to go to Southern who normally wouldn’t be able to do so, said Barry Singer, chief executive officer of EOServe, as quoted by the news source.

At present, SUS only offers one degree program online, but have between five and eight ready for EOServe to launch as part of the new initiative.

Online education is becoming increasingly important to many universities. According to the 2011 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, more than 75 percent of academic leaders at public colleges believe that there is increasing competition between academic institutions for online students. 

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