An $8.9 million online campus launched by the University of Illinois nine months ago has had disappointing enrollment and fewer course offerings than expected--serving as a warning to college administrators that starting an online program isn't as easy as they might think.


But the man who created the program isn't giving up. Instead, University of Illinois President Joseph White said he wants to turn the school's Global Campus into an independent, accredited university to speed up its development of online degree programs.


So far, 121 students have enrolled in just five degree programs--far short of the 9,000 students White projected would enroll...

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