The latest student numbers at Eastern Kentucky come with an interesting twist. Since 2006, summer school enrollment at EKU has increased by more than 4 percent. At the same time, there are fewer faces on campus. School officials cite the growing popularity of online classes. President Doug Whitlock says Eastern is competing with institutions like Phoenix University to provide quality online classes.
“There’s some folks in the traditional higher education market that will discount the quality of what Phoenix and institutions like Phoenix do, but they obviously have some happy students,” noted Whitlock.
Meanwhile,the state Council on Postsecondary Education reports a record-breaking number of graduates from Kentucky colleges and universities. The council says 62,700 people earned degrees and diplomas in the 2010-2011 school year. That’s up 11 percent over the previous year.