As more individuals look to return to school in order to finish earning a postsecondary degree, colleges are beginning to expand their degree programs. In addition to recent high school graduates, courses are filling up at a rapid rate. Ave Maria University is one example of an institution with plans to expand to accommodate the growing demand for degrees.
Ave Maria University expects 450 more students to enroll by the fall, according to Naples News. Administrators are discussing the possibility of hiring a new vice president of enrollment and creating a partnership with a local educational institution. To meet the demands of students seeking degrees, the school may also establish two new majors business administration and psychology.We’re looking at the future, because the chancellor’s vision is to grow the institution, and we have very fine, very high-quality programs, Ave Maria University vice president of academic affairs Jack Sites told the news source.If these plans go through, the school may have to wait to construct additional buildings for housing and classes. However, campus development is expected to happen at some point within the next few years. Approximately 90% high-wage jobs developed within the next decade will require some postsecondary education and degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.