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Monday, July 11th, 2011

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With a full-time job and growing family, Jamie Laszczak squeezes in studying when he can.

The 38-year-old from Milaca is taking criminal justice courses online at St. Cloud State University to earn a certificate to become a police officer. The former Army Ranger feels called to serve his community, and the flexibility of online courses has made that possible.

“It’s been pretty challenging, to be honest with you,” Laszczak said. “Online is the only way I can accomplish everything.”

Many have praised the growing number of online courses at state universities for giving students like Laszczak the flexibility needed to complete coursework.

But some observers, including the state university faculty union, have questioned the adequacy of standards for online classes. Professors are asked to teach online courses above their full-time load, and an incentive in the contract pays on a per-student-per-credit basis.

“A lot of faculty have concerns about quality control,” said Russ Stanton, director of government relations for the Inter Faculty Organization, the union for faculty in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

“We don’t want to be a cheap online provider,” he said. “We want to be make sure the quality of the courses that are being delivered online are just as good as the quality you expect to get in a classroom.”

Laszczak took four online courses this spring, and said he would recommend online courses for others.

But one of his courses lacked the attention he felt he needed from the professor, he said.

Online courses must meet the same criteria as classroom courses and are also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

‘Live’ courses

When snowstorms hit on two Mondays this term, information media professor Jeanne Anderson used a webcam from her home to broadcast her online course.

Like any other session, she led discussions and answered questions through online chat and slide show tools.

The technology allows her to teach in real time, monitor discussion and answer questions during the “live” course.

“That’s the teachable moment,” Anderson said. “When a person has a question, they’re ready to learn.”

St. Cloud State offers an online master’s degree in information media. The program prepares students for careers in training, human resources development and performance analysis.

Information media graduate student Nataliya Balabanova took a “real time” synchronous online course this term, and asynchronous and self-study online courses.

“Synchronous classes are more fulfilling because you at least have interaction with your instructor, you can see and hear your instructor, you can ask questions in real time and get answers,” she said.

Much depends on how the course is structured, she said.

If an online course requires students to apply research skills and analytical skills, it is just as beneficial as an on-campus course, Balabanova said.

‘Nights, weekends’

In Anderson’s estimation, teaching one additional online course a semester is enough.

Teaching too many additional online courses can take away from other parts of the job, she said, such as the service component or research.

“They can’t drop any of those balls,” Anderson said. “The idea is not to get rich doing this.”

Other professors admit that online courses can be a daunting time commitment.

“It gets done nights, weekends and holidays,” criminal justice professor Barry Schreiber said.

Schreiber typically teaches three additional online courses a semester, and sizes can range from eight students in a graduate class to 50 students in an undergraduate course.

More students are seeking online courses.

A few years ago, four students enrolled in a summer course Schreiber was planning on-campus, while 22 enrolled for the online course. That summer, the classes merged and he taught online.

“That was a really powerful demonstration to me that students want the flexibility,” he said.

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Sunday, July 10th, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS , June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Information technology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics . Walden University is offering two new online master’s degree programs, an M.S. in Information Systems and an M.S. in Information Technology , to help meet the growing demand for qualified IT and IS professionals.

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Walden ‘s M.S. in Information Systems focuses on the use of technology to generate, process and share information within an organization. Students learn ways to use information technology to enhance decision making and organizational effectiveness; explore the theory and practice of information security and data protection; and plan, manage and implement relevant and appropriate technologies. Students in the program can prepare for potential job opportunities such as computer systems analyst, computer database manager, information systems architect, computer software programmer and applications designer and engineer.

The M.S. in Information Technology program balances theory and the practical, real-world experience required for key information technology positions. Students explore emerging opportunities in the field to create, maintain and secure information systems. The program, offering specializations in Information Security and Software Engineering , is designed to prepare students for senior-level or leadership positions in engineering, programming, security and systems architecture, including positions in computer software engineering, information technology security, network/systems administration and programming.

Walden is also introducing a new online Graduate Certificate in Information Systems to help students gain the skills they need to transition to a career in the high-growth fields of information systems and information technology. Credits from this five-course certificate program may be applied toward Walden ‘s M.S. in Information Systems or M.S. in Information Technology.

The new programs join Walden ‘s portfolio of degree programs for both experienced IT professionals seeking to expand their skills as well as students with little or no technical experience looking to enter the field. Information technology and management programs and specializations include the B.S. in Computer Information Systems , B.S. in Information Technology , Master of Information Systems Management , Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Information Systems Management and a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) with a specialization in Information Systems Management . For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu .

About Walden University

For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 42,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden . The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network-a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu . Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org .

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Friday, July 8th, 2011

Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) June 18, 2011

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is launching an online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management, with classes starting this month. The program is the first master’s available in the emerging field of medication therapy management, and can be completed in less than two years.

UF’s groundbreaking program develops patient-care pharmacists who are committed to delivering a higher standard of care to patients with multiple therapies and conditions that need comprehensive medication management. Through a focus on advanced pharmacotherapy of complex diseases, effective communication practices, and the business and regulatory aspects of medication therapy management, students will learn to impact the treatment of each patient and lead the delivery of MTM services in their organizations.

“What excites me is the potential for the program to serve as an agent of change for our profession,” said Program Director Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., a UF clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. “The program has the potential to move the profession of pharmacy forward so that direct care becomes a reality for more pharmacists than ever before.”

The program’s online format delivers advanced pharmacy education that is flexible and accessible for pharmacists who need to work while completing their degree.

About the University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Since 1923, The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has prepared graduates to take independent professional responsibility for the outcome of drug therapy in patients. The college is ranked among the top colleges of pharmacy in the nation and has a prestigious reputation. Dedicated to excellence in pharmacy research, service, and educational programs, the college strives to be an integral part of the evolution of health care.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The University of Florida has just announced the launch of the very first online master’s degree in the emerging field of medication therapy management (mtm).

Online PR News – 16-June-2011 -GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is launching an online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management , with classes starting this month. The program is the first master’s available in the emerging field of medication therapy management, and can be completed in less than two years.

UF’s groundbreaking program develops patient-care pharmacists who are committed to delivering a higher standard of care to patients with multiple therapies and conditions that need comprehensive medication management . Through a focus on advanced pharmacotherapy of complex diseases, effective communication practices, and the business and regulatory aspects of medication therapy management, students will learn to impact the treatment of each patient and lead the delivery of MTM services in their organizations.

“What excites me is the potential for the program to serve as an agent of change for our profession,” said Program Director Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., a UF clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. “The program has the potential to move the profession of pharmacy forward so that direct care becomes a reality for more pharmacists than ever before.”

The program’s online format delivers advanced pharmacy education that is flexible and accessible for pharmacists who need to work while completing their degree.

About the University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Since 1923, The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has prepared graduates to take independent professional responsibility for the outcome of drug therapy in patients. The college is ranked among the top colleges of pharmacy
in the nation and has a prestigious reputation. Dedicated to excellence in pharmacy research, service, and educational programs, the college strives to be an integral part of the evolution of health care.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

by Mark Schwerin

June 13, 2011 WMU News

Enrollment in the master’s degree program, which was announced in January and trains physical education teachers how to work with children who have physical or mental disabilities, has significantly increased with the help of a $1.18million grant from the U.S.Department of Education. Enrollment has jumped to 27 currently accepted students. Another eleven have been recruited to begin the program in fall 2012.

The grant, awarded to Dr.Jiabei Zhang, a WMU professor of health, physical education and recreation, pays for tuition and textbooks. Zhang directs the program with technical and administrative help from colleagues in his department and in collaboration with Extended University Programs. This hybrid online master’s degree program was created in fall 2009. It has been federally funded since the spring 2011 semester.

In addition to tuition and books, the grant pays for an on-campus adapted physical education lab staffed by two graduate assistants. Even WMU PresidentJohnM. Dunn has gotten in on the act by serving as a consultant on the grant due to his background in adapted physical education.

Believed to be the first online program of its kind, it prepares physical education teachers to provide quality special or adapted physical education for school children with disabilities in the least restrictive, most appropriate and most inclusive environment. Children they work with could suffer from a wide range of challenges, from a physical disability to cognitive impairment, autistic disorder or learning disability.

The initiative also addresses an extensive distance learning need expressed by many potential applicants in Michigan and other states.

As more children are moved into less restrictive learning environments, the demand for teachers trained in adaptive physical education is growing rapidly, Zhang says. It is estimated some 10to 12percent of public school children require adapted physical education.

“There is a significant shortage of adapted physical education teachers in the public schools,” Zhang says. “That is a major problem public schools have right now.”

Zhang says many schools opt to put students with disabilities in the same classes as other students, making specially trained physical education teachers a necessity. Program graduates also could end up teaching in a class specifically for children with disabilities.

It is critical that students with disabilities receive quality and appropriate physical education, Zhang says.

“It helps children grow,” Zhang says. “Children are undergoing a rapid rate of development and they need multiple ways to facilitate that development. Physical activity is one of the major tools to help them to grow. It not only helps them improve their physical fitness and motor skills, it helps improve their cognitive function and facilitates the development of their emotions. So PE is very, very important, especially for children with disabilities.”

For more information , visit the program online or call Dr.Jiabei Zhang, professor of health, physical education and recreation, at (269)387-2949.

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Capella University Launches Online Master of Science in Homeland Security

The online master’s degree is designed to develop leadership competencies specific to the field of homeland security, as well as the communication, technology, and critical analysis skills necessary to prepare for, prevent, and respond to homeland security issues and emergency events. Capella said its new program is one of few master’s degrees focused on this field. As of March 31, nearly 40,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella University ( with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs.

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Monday, May 30th, 2011

Posted on: Sunday, 15 May 2011, 00:02 CDT

The University of Mississippi seeks talented candidates for a new online master degree program in health care administration for the fall.

Oxford, MS (PRWEB) May 14, 2011

The University of Mississippi seeks talented candidates for a new online master degree program in health care administration starting in the fall. The program is designed for full-time students, with online instruction the primary method of content delivery.

“The program will include an internship to ensure that graduates are ready to meet the demands of the workplace upon graduation,” said Clyde Deschamp, professor and chair of general health professions. “The job outlook and earnings potential of health care administrators is very good. The mean annual wage for all health care managers in 2009 was $90,970. Hospital executives may earn considerably more with a mean salary exceeding $400,000.”

“This is a great collaboration between the UMMC and the School of Business,” said Bethany Cooper, director of corporate relations and MBA services. “We are excited to combine our collective faculty expertise to deliver a program that will graduate future leaders in the health care administration industry.” New graduates and mid-career professionals are encouraged to pursue the program, Cooper said. “The industry is growing and changing rapidly and there is a need for bright creative talent,” she said. “This is a new, cutting-edge online program designed to provide graduates an opportunity to assume upper-level managerial and leadership roles within the health care delivery system.”

Administrators and faculty on both campuses expressed their support for the new program. “Faculty from our health science campus, along with faculty from the School of Business Administration, provide a powerful team approach to instruction,” said Chancellor Dan Jones. “I am pleased the University of Mississippi will offer opportunities for people interested in the field of health administration. This offering should be a valuable opportunity for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world.”

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