The program, which allows students to take courses online, has grown 141 percent over the past two years.
The program topped the 25,000 student mark for the first time in March.
LU founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, set 25,000 as his initial DLP goal.
Ronald S. Kennedy, LU’s executive director of distance learning and graduate studies, said LU hopes to double Falwell’s initial goal in three to five years.
“We think it is realistic for us to get up to 50,000 students in the next three years,” Kennedy said. “It’s exciting. We’re continuing to grow.”
Two years ago, DLP enrollment had an annual growth rate of 12 percent.
“The past two years, we’ve seen a growth rate of 50 to 51 percent,” Kennedy said.
LU’s DLP has 8,000 military students enrolled today, compared with 3,600 two years ago.
written on Monday, May 19, 2008 by Mitzi Bible
(The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor. I can not take credit for this blog, but I had to post it for more people to read)
Liberals claim President Bush shouldn’t have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history.
Let’s clear up one point: President Bush didn’t start the war on terror.
Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11.
Let’s look at the worst president and mismanagement claims.
FDR led us into World War II.
> Germany never attacked us: Japan did.
> From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost,
> an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us.
> From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost,
> an average of 18,333 per year.
Are you interested in reading about the newest technology coming to online learning? Liberty University uses blackboard as their vehicle of choice for delivering course content to distance learning students. In June 2008, Liberty will be upgrading to blackboard 7.3, so the Blackboard SYNC will work with this upgrade.
As the Executive Director for the Liberty University distance learning program, I am very interested in this solution of facebook and blackboard in the very near future. Here in the distance learning industry, we are always looking for new ways to increase the student experience and find new ways to connect distance learning students with each other from afar. Creating that community with students is a key ingredient to retention and overall student satisfaction with the program. The new application is called Blackboard SYNC, click to read more.