KSU nursing program honored by Board of Regents

An innovative online program designed by Kennesaw State University faculty members allowing…

Georgia (Apr 10, 2002) — KSU nursing program honored by Board of Regents

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An innovative online program designed by Kennesaw State University faculty members allowing registered nurses to complete their undergraduate education outside of a traditional classroom setting was honored recently as a 2002 recipient of the Research in Undergraduate Education Award given by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.



The RN to BSN Online Nursing Completion Program addresses the urgent need for more baccalaureate−prepared nurses by reaching out to those students who find it inconvenient or impossible to complete their coursework in a traditional manner.



"The great thing about the program is it allows registered nurses who have full−time jobs to complete their education from home‚" said David Bennett‚ chair of Kennesaw State's Department of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing.



Accepting the award at the Board of Regents' May meeting in downtown Atlanta were three faculty members who have been instrumental in the development and implementation of the program‚ Beverly Farnsworth‚ Christina Horne and Janice Flynn.



"I wanted them to accept the award because they have done much of the work‚" Bennett said. "They have been the leaders of this online project."



The roots of the program date back to 1997‚ evolving from a desire among faculty members in KSU's College of Health and Human Services to incorporate modern instructional technology into nursing education. The result is a program that allows students to take courses exclusively online if they choose‚ with the added bonus of scheduling hands−on course activities according to their own personal schedules.



To ensure the quality of the online courses was at least as high as those offered in a traditional classroom setting‚ the developers first sought training in the design of Internet−based courses. They also conducted research‚ revealing that participants in the online program made higher grades than traditional students and felt the courses were more comprehensive than their on−campus counterparts.



A total of five University System of Georgia faculty members and three academic programs were cited during the Board of Regents' annual awards program‚ which recognizes outstanding teaching that significantly improves both student performance and the teaching discipline.



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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