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Tue
21
Feb

Q&A With Governor Tom Kean

Governor Thomas Kean

Reflections on the 30-Year Success of the Alternative Route Teaching Program

Before this program “Einstein could not have taught math in New Jersey” on the K-12 level"

Just over 30 years ago, Governor Tom Kean proposed landmark education reform through the Alternative Route Certification Program, which radically changed existing teacher training and certification laws.  The legislation allowed those with a bachelor’s degree in key subject areas to shorten the route to teacher certification and eliminate many education course requirements. This program is now an integral part of not just the New Jersey teacher employment system, but also is employed in many states nationwide.

Kean, who was the state’s 48thGovernor and is known worldwide for his role as chairman of the 9/11 Commission, reflects on the success of the Alternative Route Certification Program.

How did you know that this idea and the resulting legislation would be so successful?

Wed
04
Jan

Online and Hybrid Education Focus of Rutgers Conference for Educators

Some of the nation’s top experts in online education and hybrid learning share innovations and best practices.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Some of the nation’s top experts in online education and hybrid learning will share innovations and best practices at the Rutgers Online Learning Conference (RUOnlineCon) March 13, 2017 at the Hilton Doubletree in Somerset, NJ. Registration is available at ruonlinecon.rutgers.edu. The conference will explore available and emerging technologies, use of learning management systems, ancillary software and sites, new instructional methods, assessments, audio/video elements, and faculty training and resources.

Fri
16
Sep

Youngest Summer Scholar Ever, 9-Year-Old Ennyn Chiu, Finds a Perfect Fit at Rutgers

Enna Chiu and Ennyn Chiu at Rutgers Summer Scholars Program 2016

Of the 145 students in Rutgers’ summer scholar classes in New Brunswick, the majority are high school juniors and seniors. Ennyn Chiu, along with her 11-year-old sister Enna, are both enrolled in the same class, making them youthful standouts among the teenagers in the room.

Read the Rutgers Today article here

Mon
16
May

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden Sign Conditional Acceptance Agreement

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden Sign Conditional Acceptance Agreement

Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden signed a Conditional Acceptance Agreement May 11, allowing students to complete three years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Atlantic Cape and seamlessly transfer to Rutgers–Camden for completion.The 3+1 agreement allows students to pay the lower tuition and fees at Atlantic Cape for an additional year, a savings of more than $20,000, before transferring to the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.

Tue
05
Apr

Sun, Sand And ‘RU At The Shore’ Once More

Photo of the beach

Rutgers offers 13 summer courses in Point Pleasant Beach and Wildwood

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Summer Session will again reach out to Jersey Shore aficionados looking to advance their education with 13 courses for academic credit in its second “RU at the Shore” season. Fifty-nine students enrolled in inaugural RU at the Shore classes last summer.

Rutgers will offer courses in Point Pleasant Beach and Wildwood, a new location for 2016. All shore classes will be conducted in a hybrid format, combining in-class and online learning experiences, beginning June 27. Registration at summer.rutgers.edu/news continues through June 1. Late registration (with late fee) continues through June 24.

Wed
03
Feb

Rutgers Launches Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Rutgers Launches Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Weeklong program introduces field to U.S., international high school students

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers University-New Brunswick Summer Session will launch a Pre-Engineering Summer Academy in 2016, a one-week, on-campus certificate program for high school students that introduces them to engineering fields through first-hand contact with practitioners and educators.

The new program is open to U.S. high school and international secondary school juniors and seniors, ages 16-18, and is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 6, 2016. Rutgers School of Engineering faculty members and practicing professional engineers serve as instructors. The academy faculty will introduce the students to disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic and mechanical engineering. The integrated program involves lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours and field trips.

Thu
03
Dec

The Language of Learning: International Law Scholar Taps Instructional Design, Part 2

Dilafruz Nazarova sees reflection of herself in her computer screen

Part 2: Collaborating with a Specialist on Learning & Tools

The online course environment is an attractive instructional option for graduate-level programs. In fields as diverse as business and social work, online courses draw people who work full-time, have family responsibilities, and live some distance from campus.

Dilafruz Nazarova knew that the students coming to her Rutgers political science course shared these characteristics. She also knew that online learning could offer a rigorous learning environment.

But she didn’t know how to get there.

While she had taught in face-to-face classrooms, Nazarova wanted professional guidance in transitioning to an online teaching environment. At first she was unsure about what instructional technology could offer her and her students.

Thu
03
Dec

The Language of Learning: International Law Scholar Taps Instructional Design, Part 1

Dilafruz Nazarova headshot

Part 1: Creating An Online Course from Scratch

Dilafruz Nazarova was an accomplished scholar and advocate in human rights law when she arrived at Rutgers in 2010 to pursue a doctorate in political science. Born in Tajikistan and fluent in four languages, Nazarova had earned her law degree and worked for her government and international organizations focusing on international law.

She wanted to dive into yet another field—teaching online—but lacked experience and expertise.

But she’s now an enthusiastic and attentive online learning instructor—crediting the Rutgers Online Learning Conference (#RUOnlineCon), the instructional design teams available at Rutgers, and her political science department for her takeoff into the world of online instruction.

Mon
05
Oct

Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.

Tue
22
Sep

A Minor, In Time: International Student Stays on Course in Winter Session

For the 3,400 international students in Rutgers’s diverse student body, online courses taken during summer and winter terms enable them to be in two places at once.

Hailing from more than 115 countries, international students use online courses to hurdle time and distance barriers to complete required courses, pursue a minor, or chase other academic goals.

Bhagyawati Sanghani is one of those. She’s an international student who took a class even though she traveled back home to India over winter break.

Taking an online class -- remotely from her family’s home – as part of Winter Session at Rutgers University-New Brunswick allowed her to graduate with a minor in Public Health in May 2015. That minor rounded out her degree in Biological Sciences from the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences.

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