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High Gas Prices Force Students to Get Degrees Online

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Today, the national average of the price of gas reached 4 dollars per gallon. KSMU's Alvin Chen reports on just one more side effect of soaring gas prices.

More university students appear to be taking online courses instead of driving to attend class in person.

Witt Salley is the Director of Online Teaching and Learning at Ozarks Technical Community College, or O-T-C. He says the college's online enrollment is showing a sharp increase for the summer semester.

Salley says many signs point to the idea that the surge in online enrollment is partly due to higher gas prices.

He also says the basic convenience of online education is traditionally one reason why some students opt to get their degrees online.