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Distance Learning Program tops 27,000

May 19, 2008 : Mitzi Bible

Liberty University’s Distance Learning Program on Monday topped the 27,000 student mark for the first time.

The program, which allows students to take courses online, has grown 141 percent over the past two years.

Current DLP students are taking just shy of 375,000 credit hours of coursework, more than double the number of credit hours taken just two year ago.

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.