Online enrollment rises at Maine universities

Posted July 19, 2009, at 9:59 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Students at Maine’s seven universities spent 10 percent of their credit hours online during the last school year, up from 7 percent the previous year.

Online learning could play a greater role as the University of Maine System looks to stem a projected $43 million budget deficit over the next four years. University of Maine at Augusta President Allyson Hughes Handley told trustees recently that offering more classes online could attract a wider range of students.

University College, a division of UMA, oversees online offerings at four of Maine’s seven campuses, according to the Morning Sentinel. The University of Maine in Orono, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington have their own online courses.