Delgado Community College Sees Spike In Online Class Enrollment



NEW ORLEANS - New data released by the U.S. Department of Education indicate that Delgado Community College is among the fastest-growing online higher education providers in the nation.

Online enrollment at Delgado in the Fall 2016 semester, the most recent period for which nationwide data are available, stood at 11,791. This was a considerable jump in online enrollment from the year before, Fall 2015, when 4,828 students enrolled in online classes at Delgado.

Delgado offers the following degree programs as fully online delivery option:

Delgado offers the following certificate programs as fully online delivery option:

“We know that today’s college students need flexibility in their educational experience, and the delivery of instruction online either completely or in conjunction with classroom and lab-based learning enables many to achieve their goals more expeditiously, with less expense and with less disruption of their lifestyles,” said Jeanne Samuel, Delgado’s dean of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology.

Delgado officials attribute the rapid increase in online enrollment to increased course offerings across the academic spectrum. Online courses also begin and end more frequently on the annual academic calendar, which enables students in some programs, such as business administration, management and accounting, to earn an associate’s degree in 18 months instead of the traditional 24.

The average age of a Delgado student is 28. Many students are working full-time or part-time while they pursue their educational goals. The college also assists military veterans and their families to take college courses and earn credentials.

Academic programs at Delgado are not only fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Last fall, Delgado was ranked among the 50 best online community colleges nationwide by Best Value Schools, an online information resource for students and families. Delgado was ranked 45th nationwide, and is the only Louisiana community college to be ranked. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in November. 

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