The Next Level provides updates of initiatives in which Purdue University Calumet is responding to its strategic plan for attaining the next level of excellence.
In an effort to maintain academic growth as state funding continues to decline, Purdue University Calumet has partnered with Academic Partnerships implement new distance learning degree programs.
In response to Goal 2 of the Purdue Calumet Strategic Plan – Prepare an Educated Workforce & Citizenry for our Region – this partnership enables the university to be more flexible in addressing the needs of current and prospective students.
The goal, among five comprising the university’s strategic plan, focuses on degree attainment for high-achieving, academically-prepared students, including alternative approaches to educational delivery.
Purdue Calumet’s initial partnership with Academic Partnerships began last spring with an accelerated RN to BSN nursing curriculum. More than 100 students are enrolled in the program this fall. The on-line program provides a convenient way for practicing registered nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing to complete nursing courses needed for a baccalaureate degree online in as little as 15 months.
“Through this new online program, we are better able to achieve our mission of providing quality education that meets the needs of professional nurses for lifelong learning,” Dean of Purdue Calumet’s School of Nursing Peggy Gerard said.
The early returns on the Purdue Calumet-Academic Partnerships collaboration have been positive. While Purdue Calumet continues to manage academic quality, faculty assignments, course content, grading standards and student admissions, Academic Partnerships plays a lead role in program marketing, student recruitment and technical support provision.
The enrollment and related revenue the program generates is especially noteworthy in the face of the recent, challenging economic climate.
Other on-line, Purdue Calumet-Academic Partnership programs at the master’s level in teacher education await Indiana Commission for Higher Education approval.
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