Stevenson University to Receive $248,000 to Strengthen Nursing Distance Learning Program
November 23, 2004
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Stevenson University plans to strengthen its nursing distance
learning program, thanks to $248,000 in federal funds included in the
fiscal 2005 omnibus appropriations bill recently approved by Congress.
President Bush is expected to approve the $388 billion spending bill.
The distance learning initiative, which started in 2003, uses
full-motion video to supplement face-to-face instruction, allowing
nurses across the state to take advanced nursing classes at their place
of employment or at a local community college.
“We're grateful to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Benjamin Cardin and
the entire Maryland congressional delegation for supporting Stevensno
University's efforts to deal with the severe nursing shortage in
Maryland,” said Judith Feustle, Sc.D., RN, director of the nursing
division at the University. “These funds will make it easier to meet
the needs of students and their employers.”
The money will fund technology for distance learning and faculty and
staff to support RN to BS students. Stevenson University's nursing
division, started in 1991, currently teaches classes at off-campus
locations, such as Sinai Hospital, Chesapeake Community College and
Anne Arundel Community College. The University plans to sign agreements
with more community colleges and hospitals in the future.
The distance learning program received a significant boost earlier
this year from Verizon Maryland Inc., which funded the renovation of a
lecture hall into a pair of classrooms specially designed for distance
learning, and from a grant from The Knott Foundation.