Pace University School of Computer Science and Information Systems Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Distance-Learning Programs

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information
Systems (CSIS) received a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help
expand distance-learning programs for CSIS students. In collaboration with the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning, CSIS will develop an associate degree in
telecommunications offered over the Internet, design a web site to serve online students
and create more than 20 undergraduate online courses during the next two years. Pilot
courses for the associate degree will be offered in the spring of 1999 and a wider range of
courses will be offered to students in September 1999.

Posted by Public Affairs on October 07, 1998 at 17:01:03:

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information
Systems (CSIS) received a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help
expand distance-learning programs for CSIS students. In collaboration with the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning, CSIS will develop an associate degree in
telecommunications offered over the Internet, design a web site to serve online students
and create more than 20 undergraduate online courses during the next two years. Pilot
courses for the associate degree will be offered in the spring of 1999 and a wider range of
courses will be offered to students in September 1999.

Dr. David Sachs, assistant dean, Dr. Roy Rada, professor of computer science and
professor Nancy Hale, chair of the office of information systems, will implement the
online A.S. degree through the new Center for Distance Education. The Center will
develop distance education programs and provide support for CSIS undergraduate,
continuing education, adult and graduate programs. Dr. Sachs states, “CSIS is extremely
pleased with this new opportunity. This grant will enable us to put a wide array of
courses onto the World Wide Web. We are looking forward to the partnership with
CAEL and to providing this education for telecommunications companies.”

A growing number of students and increased time constraints of modern life have
led to an explosion in distance learning. About 85% of all colleges and universities offer
at least one or two online courses. More information about Pace online courses can be
found on the Pace homepage (www.csis.pace.edu/async).

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,
Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School
of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

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