Annual legislative report provides in-depth summary of Michigan Virtual

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Michigan Virtual’s “A Report to the Legislature” includes an in-depth summary of Michigan Virtual for Students courses, enrollments and pass rates for 2013-14.

“A Report to the Legislature-2014,” is submitted in compliance with Section 98 (6) of Public Act 196 of 2014, which requires the Michigan Virtual to provide, not later than December 1 of each fiscal year, a report to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State School Aid, the State Budget Director, the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the Department of Education that includes specific information related to the Michigan Virtual for Students for the preceding fiscal year.

The information provided in the report addresses the requirements that are listed in Section 98 (6) of P.A. 196 of 2014. These items include, for the period October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, a list of districts served by Michigan Virtual, a list of online course titles available to districts, course enrollment and completion rate information by course, and the overall completion rate percentage.

In conclusion, the report says that virtual enrollments in Michigan, including online enrollments, exceeded 185,000 in the 2012-13 school year, and preliminary analysis of the 2013-14 school year data suggest that the number of virtual enrollments is likely to exceed 300,000. The growth in online and blended learning in Michigan and across the nation appears to continue on the trajectory that has experts predicting that by 2019 over half of all enrollments will involve blended or online learning.

Download a copy of the report.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.