Delaware State Chooses as its Strategic Partner in Distance Education Initiative

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"Reach More Students, Teach More Students" online education program resonates with forward-thinking public university

Delaware State University (DSU) has chosen Online School of Design (Sessions) as its strategic partner to assist in expanding its distance education initiative. The initiative includes strategy development, online curriculum development and migration, infrastructure design and marketing. Distance education is considered a critical component of DSU's strategy to attract and retain students across multiple academic programs, as well as a global audience of students and university partners.

"I suppose we could have chosen one of the major learning management system vendors to help guide our strategy, but we are not interested in having technology be the controlling force in our distance education decisions," stated Dr. Allen Sessoms, DSU's President.

"We want the global expansion of our curricula, as well as the needs of our local students, to be driven by quality educational content, the involvement of our current faculty, and a dogged focus on the student experience," said Sessoms. "Sessions, with its well-established and well-regarded online school of design - has the track record we sought in both vision and execution. They made the decision easy."

DSU is aggressively pursuing a worldwide presence. In addition to formal partnerships with France, Mexico, Namibia, Senegal and Panama, DSU has recently signed partnership agreements with institutions of higher education in the Republic of China, Bangladesh and Serbia. The partnerships are facilitated through the DSU Office of International Affairs, led by Dr. John L. Graham, assistant vice president.

Sessions will be challenged to strengthen these international partnerships with online faculty training, virtual student exchanges, and curriculum conversions and sharing.

"DSU is one of the most forward thinking public universities we've encountered," stated Doris Granatowski, Sessions CEO. "We are delighted to work with a public university that is committed to lead in distance education, rather than to follow."

"Our program 'Reach more students, Teach more students' is available to select colleges, universities, and corporations who seek to enter or expand their presence in the growing and competitive world of distance education. Our student-centered education strategies are a perfect fit with DSU's global growth objectives."

About, Inc. (, Inc., founded in 1997, was created with the goal of bringing new media design education to graphic and web designers worldwide, through online education.

Once a pioneer and now a leader in the distance education industry, Sessions has delivered tens of thousands of courses to students in over 100 countries. Sessions is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council ( and the first of only two online schools licensed by the New York State Department of Education . The expertise and experience that has created the proven success of the online school is now offered to select colleges, universities, and corporations that seek to enter or expand their presence in the growing and competitive world of distance education.

Sessions Online Design School, offers certificate programs and courses in graphic design, web design, multimedia, business marketing design and digital arts. For more information about Online School of Design, visit

About Delaware State University (

The State College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established in 1891 by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities. Its mission of education and public service was launched in 1892 with its first class of degree candidates in 1898.

The University has grown in stature as a center for teaching, research, and public service. The purpose and object of the University have broadened in keeping with changing times. While recognizing its historical heritage, the University provides higher education today for a diverse student population. Undergraduate studies are organized into three undergraduate schools and a college of arts & sciences with a total of 19 academic departments. The Division of Graduate Studies offers programs leading to the master's degree in biology, business administration, chemistry, education, physics, social work, and historic preservation. A new Ph.D program in Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics was introduced in 2004.

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