The University of Guelph is reporting a big jump in the number of people taking distance learning there this summer.
According to figures released Monday, there has been a 55 per cent increase in the number of distance education degree-credit courses over the same time last year, and non-degree program enrolment is up by 20 per cent.
“This summer’s spike in enrolments speaks to students’ need for ongoing educational opportunities and the ability of the University to offer these opportunities to our own students and those across the country and around the world,” said Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic), in a U of G news story.
During the summer 2020 semester, U of G is offering degree program courses primarily through distance education.
University registrar Ray Darling said the increase may reflect the current student job market.
“Students who have been unable to find employment are taking the opportunity to get ahead in their studies,” Darling said. “The increase in summer enrolment is welcome news for students and the institution in this challenging environment.”