- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Board of Regents says more older students in South Dakota are taking online college courses while they complete their degrees part time.

The regents say more than 22,500 students enrolled in distance courses at the state’s six public universities last year.

University data show about 63 percent of all distance course learners are part-time students and the average age of students is nearly 27 years old. About 63 percent of students are female.

The majority of students take courses using the Internet but many also use off-campus sites.

The regents say despite high enrollment the growth of students enrolling in distance courses is slowing. Enrollment numbers rose 2.6 percent this year. That’s compared to an 8.5 percent increase last year and a 13 percent increase before that.

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