Albany N.Y. SUNY schools are preparing to undergo a major virtual expansion.

 New York’s 64-campus university system is adding eight new online degree programs at six campuses, with plans to add more in the fall. T

he move is part of the Open SUNY initiative, which will also enhance academic and technical support for students taking classes online. The goal is to enroll 100,000 new online students in the next five years.

Currently, there are roughly 500,000 students enrolled in SUNY schools.