The Penn State World Campus online criminal justice program, with its academic home in the Criminal Justice Program at Penn State Harrisburg, became the first online program in the country to be awarded certification through the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Barbara Sims, professor of criminal justice and criminal justice chair at Penn State Harrisburg, said the certification reinforces the reputation that the online program is earning for quality criminal justice instruction.
A college degree can increase a person's lifetime earnings by $1.2 million over a high school diploma, yet in Pennsylvania, more than 1.2 million adults who are 25 years old or older have earned some college credits, but have not completed a degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The organization Graduate! Philadelphia is partnering with colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia Region, including Penn State, to help adults in this region achieve their education goals. As part of this workforce development effort, Penn State will host an information session on April 7 for adults interested in completing their college degrees.
Penn State World Campus recently named Robert Crum, associate professor of accounting at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, as the winner of its 2008 Outstanding MBA Faculty award in recognition of his contributions on the faculty of the World Campus iMBA program.
When economic clouds darken, the cost of education becomes harder to justify for adult students, even though continuing their education is crucial to accessing new economic opportunities. To help meet those financial challenges, the Penn State World Campus staff created the World Campus Student Fund, a fund that provides aid for students in financial need.
Military Advanced Education, an authority on education for military personnel, announced recently that the Penn State World Campus was selected as one of the publication's 2008 Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities honorees. The designation appears in the December 2008 issue. Penn State Outreach Vice President Craig Weidemann said that the recognition reveals the level of commitment that the World Campus has for military students whether they are active duty, National Guard, Reserve or veterans.
A college degree can increase a person's lifetime earnings by $1.2 million over a high school diploma, but some students who start college don't finish. That's true for nearly 300,000 adults in the Greater Philadelphia region who have at least one year's worth of college credits. Graduate! Philadelphia, an organization created to help these adults, has invited Penn State to join its workforce development effort.
Nearly 300 Penn State alumni and friends, most of them military veterans, have contributed approximately $51,000 to endow a scholarship that will assist veterans or dependents of veterans at the University who have a demonstrated financial need and have achieved superior academic records. Graduate or undergraduate students in any degree program at any Penn State location are eligible for the Veterans Special Needs Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the spring 2009 semester.
The Sloan Consortium announced that Gary Miller, executive director emeritus of the Penn State World Campus, was selected to be the recipient of the organization's 2008 Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Teaching and Learning by an Individual award.
Penn State Continuing and Distance Education, Student Affairs, and Undergraduate Admissions are hosting an information session for Penn State employees at the University Park campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium to provide information about using their Employee Tuition Reduction benefit to take Penn State courses. This benefit provides eligible faculty, staff and retirees with opportunities to take courses at reduced fees. Employees may bring their lunches to the event.
The online Master's Degree in Systems Engineering program from Penn State's World Campus has attracted students from the world's most successful firms and is now accepting applications for a second student group.
Dr. James Nemes, lead faculty for the online systems engineering master's degree program and the director of the Penn State Great Valley's System Engineering program, said students in the first group of the online systems engineering master's program are employed by firms including: Lockheed Martin, Westinghouse, Merck, Motorola, Verizon Wireless, Nucor Steel and Raytheon.
A new post-baccalaureate certificate program in homeland security and defense will be taught by Penn State Harrisburg faculty and delivered online exclusively through Penn State's World Campus. Developed through the University's partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the program will be available through the World Campus beginning with the spring 2009 semester and will provide relevant information to National Guard Personnel, emergency management officials and first-time responders and current students.
Dawn Blasko, immediate past chair of the University Faculty Senate, told Penn State's Board of Trustees Friday (May 16) about initiatives undertaken by the Senate in the past year, including action to change the First Year Seminar general education requirement, addressing student binge drinking and establishing a Faculty Senate Trustee Scholarship.
For Penn State World Campus students like former professional football player Troy Drayton and full-time mom Stephanie Files, graduation is a way to share accomplishments with and honor commitments to friends and family. World Campus students will attend a graduation reception that brings together graduates and their friends and family this Saturday.
Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, wanted to educate its employees in the foundations of supply chain and recognized Penn State's expertise in that area -- specifically, the Smeal College of Business's Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. That department offers a graduate certificate online via Penn State World Campus. While Aramco wanted to learn more about Penn State's online learning environment, the company was more comfortable with traditional face-to-face learning for its employees.
According to the latest job outlook by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), engineers must continue their education to keep up with the latest advancements and technologies in their fields. In an effort to help busy engineers continue their education without interrupting their careers, Penn State's World Campus, a unit of Outreach, is now accepting applications for a new online Master in Systems Engineering.