Enrollment in Northern Arizona University’s 2007 Winter Session jumped higher for the sixth consecutive year.

Winter Session enrollment increased 16.9 percent, from 706 in 2006 to 825 in 2007. Overall enrollment has grown more than 68 percent since the program started in 2002.

“Our Winter Session is another way we are meeting student needs,” said Fred Hurst, vice president for Extended Programs and dean of Distance Learning. “The continued growth in its enrollment demonstrates how Northern Arizona University is addressing the changing needs of higher education students who appreciate nontraditional course offerings that allow them to attain their degree more quickly.”

Winter Session is the four-week period between the end of the fall term and the beginning of the spring term, during which time students can enroll in courses specifically chosen for the accelerated format.

Of the 53 courses offered this winter, 48 were online and five were in-person courses offered in Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma.