WebCampus Shoots Ahead with Record Enrollment

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<p><strong>Hoboken, N.J. &mdash; May 22</strong><br />Continuing its great leap forward, Stevens Institute of Technology&#39;s award-winning online unit, WebCampus, increased its graduate enrollment by nearly 25 percent this academic year, beating the national average.</p><p>Total registration shot ahead to more than 3,700, a record. In the most recent national survey of online learning conducted by the Sloan Foundation, colleges moved ahead with e-learning by 21 percent on average.<br /><br />&quot;There&#39;s no end in sight,&quot; said Robert Ubell, who founded Stevens&#39; WebCampus seven years ago. &quot;Each year, we imagine that we may hit a plateau, but students from all over the world continue to pour in.&quot;<br /><br />Over the years, the unit has generated nearly 14,000 enrollments from students in 42 states and 43 countries. </p><p>WebCampus Director Robert Zotti reports that tuition revenue is also at an all-time high, achieving more than $8.2 million. </p><p>Projections for 2007-2008 call for another record-breaking year, with online enrollments hitting 4,200, and revenue exceeding $10 million. </p><p>Since it was launched in 1999, WebCampus has generated nearly $25.5 million for the university.<br /><br />In fall of 2005, WebCampus won the 21st-Century Best Practices in Distance Learning prize from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).</p><p>In 2003, it was named &quot;Best Online University in the Nation&quot; by the Sloan Foundation.<br /><br />The unit has received grants of more than $1 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEEE, NSF and New Jersey Virtual University. </p><p>Joint ventures with Beijing Institute of Technology and Central University of Finance and Economics deliver Stevens master&#39;s degrees to students in China online and in classrooms in Beijing. </p><p>Agreements with two other Chinese universities also have been concluded.</p>

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