Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
Drexel, recently ranked as one of the top two most innovative private universities by U.S. News & World Report, will begin offering nine master's programs at its One Capitol Mall facility in January 2009. Drexel spent $1 million in state-of-the-art technology to create a unique facility offering higher education at the cutting edge.
An East Coast transplant, Karman Jarvis was excited when she first learned that Philadelphia-based Drexel University was establishing roots in Sacramento.
Searching for a master's degree program at the time, the California state employee quickly decided the new Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento would provide a "perfect fit" for her future plans.
"Being from Pittsburgh, I knew all about the Drexel name and reputation," said Jarvis, who toured the Graduate Center with about 50 other prospective students during a "Sneak Peek" in early December. "What's the Drexel name mean to me? It means wonderful education, it means getting a tremendous amount of support. Drexel is going to help me advance my education and my career."
Drexel, recently ranked as one of the top two most innovative private universities by U.S. News & World Report, will begin offering nine master's programs at its One Capitol Mall facility in January 2009.
Drexel spent $1 million in state-of-the-art technology to create a unique facility offering higher education at the cutting edge. And with John Morris, the University's Director of Academic Technology Innovation for almost a decade and now the chief technology officer at the Sacramento campus, creatively integrating some of Drexel's own components, the "wow factor" is definitely in place.
"This is a beautiful facility. And the technology they are using, oh my goodness," exclaimed Jarvis, who lives in Sacramento and will enroll in the Information Systems program. "Looking at this wonderful facility puts a cap on it; my decision to come here is now secured."
The Sacramento facility will utilize high-definition Polycom video teleconferencing, which connects Sacramento students with students, professors and business leaders in Philadelphia and anywhere else in the world. Another technology innovation will give Drexel's students the opportunity to chat online with instructors prior to taking a test, turn in assignments online, and view course-related videos.
Drexel students also can use the Echo360, an automated class capture system that records lectures and converts them into podcasts and video that can be played back at their convenience.
"All the technology and the different methods of teaching means Drexel is helping to take the educational system to the next level," said Darla Davenport-Powell, who will enroll in the Master's in Higher Education program. "I live in Fairfield and have three kids, but this is well worth the drive. I've done my homework; Drexel is second to none in terms of higher education."
Designed for working professionals, classes are offered after work, Mondays through Thursdays, in both face-to-face and on-line formats, the mix of which will depend on the specific program and subjects being covered. This blending of instructional methods will give students maximum flexibility in pursuing their degrees, enhanced by the best available instructional technology. And if work lives or family emergencies keep them from the classroom, they will be able to participate over the internet or watch or listen via podcasts.
"Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento will not only offer the best technology available, but integrate those systems in creative ways that will make them easily usable for presenters and accessible to those who cannot be physically present," said Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III, the University's Executive Vice President who has been spearheading the development of the Center. "For our students, this will allow us to deliver the right blend of in-person and on-line education that best fits their degree programs. We are confident that our proven, dynamic approach to learning will more effectively position them for leadership and success."
The center will begin by offering four master's programs in January - Business Administration, Higher Education, Information Systems, and Library and Information Science - and add five more in September 2009.
Scott Gowin, a paramedic, believes Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies is a vehicle to advance his career and will easily fit with his current job and family responsibilities as a married man with two young children.
"There are a lot of fly-by-night graduate programs and you aren't really sure if they will be here in four years or not," said Gowin, who is enrolled in the MBA program.
"You can see that Drexel made a huge commitment here and plans on being around for a long time. That's important to me."
For more information on the Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, visit http://www.drexel.edu/sacramento or call (888) 389-3781.