Investing in Our Future
The Martinson Family Foundation grant of $150,000 per year for three years supports course development and key investments in instructional technology. Specifically, support was granted for the University’s Center for Learning Technology to design and develop new online courses and academic programs. The Center plays a vital role in generating new and innovative course offerings, and is comprised of an extraordinary team of instructional design specialists and learning assessment experts. The staff of the Center design online courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The annual grant of $105,000 of the $150,000 directly supports the development of new courses that focus particularly on STEM fields and active-duty military and veteran students.
The grant also enables the University to acquire two innovative video solutions that can be applied as part of the University’s array of educational technology to strengthen the effectiveness of online courses. The first of these is a video platform which will strengthen the effectiveness of the University’s online courses by facilitating students and faculty mentors to easily record, clip, and trim videos, as well as create synchronized video presentations. The second solution is a synchronized video meeting tool that will allow for real-time classroom presentation by students.
Both solutions will allow the University to offer a more collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning environment than is currently available to its students.
Students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program were closer to their academic goals thanks to the creation of a new simulation lab, which features three high-fidelity patient simulators, made possible by generous donations from corporate and individual supporters.
The nursing simulation lab is controlled clinical environment. The three high-fidelity human simulators in the lab can be programmed to replicate many healthcare emergencies and medical conditions; and respond physiologically and verbally to care administered by the students.
The Thomas Edison State University Foundation played a key role in supporting the simulation laboratory by raising more than $270,000 to help purchase the simulators. Supporters include Bristol-Myers Squibb; The Gary & Diane Heavin Community Fund; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; The Karma Foundation; The James Kerney Foundation; New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; The Provident Bank Foundation; The Roma Bank Community Foundation; The Fred C. Rummel Foundation; and numerous individuals.
In 2013, Thomas Edison State University was notified that its applications for capital projects in downtown Trenton were recommended for public funding. The University submitted four applications totaling $16.6 million in public funding requests, including:
- Nursing Education Center ($12.726 million): This project will transform the blighted Glen Cairn Arms site at Calhoun and West State streets in Trenton into a state-of-the-art nursing education center and home to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. The 34,700 square foot building will include a new nursing simulation laboratory, lecture halls, conference rooms and space for a testing center. This was the only project the University applied for that is covered by the Building Our Future Bond Act.
- Kelsey Building and Townhouse Upgrades ($1.913 million): This project will upgrade and renovate the landmark Kelsey Building and Townhouse complex, including the reconfiguration of existing offices to maximize space and create new resources and replacing the roof and mechanical systems.
- 102-104 West State Street Improvements ($1.4 million): This project will create the Center for Learning and Technology at Thomas Edison State University in the 12,500 square foot building located across the street from the Kelsey Building. The site was formerly home of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.
- Instructional Nursing Equipment ($585,000): This project will fund the purchase of instructional equipment for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing to support educational technology in the nursing simulation lab and other technical aspects of the program.