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Duquesne Announces E-Learning Initiative

In a strategic move designed to establish a dynamic and distinctive presence for Duquesne in the increasingly critical world of online education, the University today announced a new campus-wide e-learning initiative.

Earlier this year, the University undertook a detailed study of how it might best coordinate all the existing e-learning activities at Duquesne and develop new opportunities in online education that draw on the University’s many areas of excellence. A national search will begin immediately for a senior administrator with the skills appropriate to position the University as a leader in this area.

The individual recruited to fill the post will head an integrated campus-wide organization charged with strengthening and supporting existing online programs, broadening the University’s online course offerings and creating a more accessible online platform for students in all academic disciplines and at all levels—undergraduate and graduate, traditional and non-traditional.

By August 2015, in a development closely related to this e-learning initiative, all academic programs housed in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA) will be relocated to other schools at the University. All students currently enrolled in SLPA programs when the school closes next summer will be able to pursue their studies without interruption; they will receive more information regarding the year-long transition as it unfolds.

SLPA currently offers several academic programs, most of them online, including a bachelor’s degree in science or arts with several choices of majors and a master of science in leadership with nine concentration options.

“There are logical homes for these programs in the schools of business, liberal arts and law,” said Dr. Timothy Austin, provost.  “All of our schools today sponsor their own high-quality online programs. In light of the University’s move to establish a more centralized approach to e-learning, it makes sense to consolidate all of our online offerings in each discipline.”

“Taken together, the changes we are announcing today will result in a wider array of academically rigorous online programs to complement our on-campus offerings,” said Austin. “We will bring the benefits of a Duquesne education to students who might not otherwise be able to access them—and at the same time make more effective use of University resources. Duquesne has been named one of the 20 most efficient universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, largely because—as in this initiative—we stay focused on the responsible use of the tuition dollars entrusted to us by our students and their families.”

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