No classrooms, no dorms, no football stadium, no parking lots. Could an online-only university work in Florida?
Rep. Will Weatherford, the Florida’s House speaker-designate, thinks so.
Thursday, he asked state university system leaders to look into the possibility.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the fastest-growing part of our education system,” Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, told the Florida Board of Governors at a meeting in Tallahassee. He pointed to a growing number of students who take online classes as evidence that the prospect already has support.
Fifty percent of the state’s 300,000-plus students took a course online last year, Weatherford said. And that was just the most recent count he could find. Certainly, he said, those numbers have gone up.