University of West Florida to expand online offerings

Friday, December 20, 2013

The University of West Florida (UWF) today announced that it will be bringing three additional high-demand nursing and education programs—Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Master of Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction (M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction), and Doctor of Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction (Ed.D, Curriculum and Instruction)—online in the coming months.

"The University of West Florida is committed to planning and investing strategically to enhance student access and educational attainment, building on existing strengths, and developing distinctive academic and research programs and services that respond to identified regional and state needs," said UWF Provost Martha Saunders. "By making these degree programs in the high-demand fields of nursing and education available online, we are doing just that."

UWF's RN-BSN program, which will be available online next month, prepares students to become clinical generalists who are leaders, managers, and life-long learners who integrate research findings into their nursing practice. Graduates are prepared to plan healthcare for individuals, families, and groups. To learn more or apply, click here.

Its master's and doctoral programs in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, meanwhile, are designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in primary, elementary, middle, or secondary education. They are slated to launch in the spring of 2014.

Due to the critical shortage of such professionals in the state of Florida, the master's program is TEACH-Grant-eligible. Both programs are offered through UWF's School of Education, which is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. To learn more or apply, click here.

UWF has chosen Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States and around the world, to help convert these programs into an online format, recruit students, and support student retention efforts.

As it has with UWF's master's degree in education with a specialization in educational leadership it already represents, AP will work closely with faculty to ensure that the new online degree programs maintain the highest educational standards. The company will also use its integrated marketing and branding strategies to extend the reach of UWF, increasing the enrollment of highly qualified students.

About the University of West Florida

Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate, and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000. Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, innovative, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.uwf.edu.

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities in converting their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com.