Annual Fund Dollars at Work
Educational Technology and Innovative Support for Learning
The Thomas Edison State University Foundation awarded $100,000 to the University’s Center for Learning and Technology (CLT) and $50,000 to the Center for the Assessment of Learning (CAL) for investments in educational technology and innovative support for learning.
The grant will support the acquisition of new technology that will enhance the capacity of the CLT’s Media Creation Studio to develop high quality video content, simulations, and interactive learning resources. These video-based tools will prove invaluable to developing a more engaging student experience. The Media Creation Studio was originally funded by John and Eileen Martinson in 2014 and this additional funding will allow for deeper integration with curriculum, assessment, and learning technologies.
Additionally, the University will be exploring new techniques to support students enrolled in open courses and MOOCs. “The University is part of several important partnerships to explore new approaches that support learning for students enrolled in open courses,” said Marc Singer, vice provost at the Center for the Assessment of Learning. “This grant will support the University’s efforts to explore these opportunities and allow our students to take advantage of these innovations as they work toward their goals.”
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing received $205,000 from the Thomas Edison State University Foundation to develop the University's first doctoral Program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online post-master's doctorate with a specialty area in Sytems-Level Leadership that focuses on the improvement of evidence based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice.
The 36-credit program is designed to prepare nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months and is entirely online.
Graduates of the University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will be able to transfer and apply 3 credits towards the DNP. The program is also ideal for graduates of other MSN programs who are interested in pursuing an online doctoral degree at the University.
Moodle – Learning Management System
Moodle, which stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, is an open source learning management system that provides educators with the latest tools to manage learning and provides students with a richer, more flexible experience. Some institutions use Moodle to support fully online courses while others use it to supplement traditional brick-and-mortar classroom experiences.
Thomas Edison State University made the strategic decision to transition to a new learning management system to provide greater flexibility and efficiency for the development, design and delivery of new courses and to better position the institution to leverage the latest technologies in education to deliver courses to our students in a richer, more meaningful way.
The University launched an accelerated, online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in October 2012 with an inaugural cohort of 10 students. The career-focused program can be completed in 18 months and offers four areas of study, including Data Analytics, Finance, Healthcare Management and Marketing.
“We’ve created a program that enables our students to apply what they learn directly to their careers and professions,” said Dr. Michael Williams, acting dean of the School of Business and Technology. “Our program is designed exclusively for working adults and the applied approach distinguishes our MBA from others in the marketplace, which are mostly theory-based.”
In 2011, the Foundation provided $100,000 to fund development of the MBA. Courses in the 39-credit program are eight-weeks long and students can enroll at three times during the year. Currently, 8 students are enrolled in the MBA program and 91 candidates have applied to the program, including eight who are enrolled in undergraduate courses required to satisfy the program’s prerequisites in financial accounting, economics and statistics.
Additionally, the School of Business and Technology has developed and launched the MBA Preparatory Program, which is designed for candidates with a nonbusiness background. This noncredit, online program enables students to complete up to three accelerated noncredit courses in 12 weeks to satisfy the program’s prerequisites. The preparatory program was deployed in April and included 12 students in its first cohort.
Master’s Degree in Information Technology
The Thomas Edison State University Foundation has awarded a grant to the School of Applied Science and Technology to develop a new graduate program in Information Technology.
The $185,000 grant will fund the creation of an online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program, as well as a new area of study in information technology that will be offered under the Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree program. The program is being designed to prepare students to develop, implement, operate and manage information systems in a variety of organizations.
“The development of the MSIT is consistent with the University’s strategic plan and its call for developing new graduate programs that respond to the needs of the global marketplace,” said Brian Maloney, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. “We are excited about this new program as the demand is growing for graduate programs designed to meet the needs of IT professionals.”
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the total number of master’s degrees in information technology conferred in the United States has grown by 162% from 2008 to 2012. While the number of degrees conferred has grown significantly, the number of institutions offering programs has not, which indicates an opportunity in the market.
“I am honored that the Foundation selected this project to be funded,” said Dr. John O. Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology. “Our graduates will gain a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the IT field, a high level knowledge of systems engineering concepts and a solid foundation in the technological basis of the Internet.”