She also said online courses continue to become a more popular option, but they’re not for everyone.
“It really has become about meeting the student when and where they want to take classes, and that includes online classes,” Hudson Shourds said. “What we’re seeing is an increase of enrollment in our online offerings.”
She said while online classes offer greater flexibility for students, they really need to become self-motivators and remind themselves of due dates for assignments and projects, as well as assessments.
“Online is a little different than face-to-face,” Hudson Shourds said. “I think it attracts a different type of student. I think there are all kinds of misconceptions about online being easier … . I think over the next five years, you’ll see a lot of colleges taking a look at their online offerings and trying to improve upon the success of those students in terms of completion.”
But she said the campus still has plenty of room for increased enrollment in its classrooms if there should be another boost. However, she said the campus could stand an increase of student-services space, such as a gym for intramural sports, expanded tutoring space or other facilities.
“We’ve got classroom space, but we still need to take care of mind, body and soul for students,” Hudson Shourds said. “We consider ourselves to be in a constant state of a capital campaign; we’re always thinking about what that next building should be and what it should house.”
She said fundraising efforts continue and also go toward scholarships to keep students in school if money is a problem. She said overall, the state of the campus is just fine and she expects it will continue to stay that way for now.
“That has come as the result of a lot of hard work on the part of the faculty and staff, which shows the level of dedication that our people have to the success of our students,” Hudson Shourds said.