Other study-abroad programs have been enhanced and relationships have been extended with institutions throughout the world. Through the newly created Office of Global Partnerships, FDU formed affiliations with institutions in countries such as India, Belize, China, Turkey, Cyprus, Monaco and the Dominican Republic, where the University has introduced a marine science laboratory.
• Extended its presence and service throughout New Jersey. For instance, new community college partnerships enable students from those institutions to earn an FDU bachelor’s degree while staying at their county college campus. Together with selected government and nonprofit organizations in New Jersey, FDU now offers graduate and undergraduate certificate programs and a 30-credit master of administrative science degree in 55 off-campus locations throughout the state.
• Via online learning, established degree-completion programs for the National Guard and associated personnel. The University created online certificate programs in global security and terrorism studies, emergency management administration, and computer security and forensics administration. These offerings can be made part of the master of administrative science degree program, which also is available entirely online. Significant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense made these online programs possible.
The University also became the primary provider of online learning for the national consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and its 14,000 employees.
• Initiated FDU’s PublicMind, a survey research center monitoring the pulse of the state and the nation. The polling group has garnered extensive media attention with surveys on everything from cultural topics and national issues to state and local elections. (see http://publicmind.fdu.edu)
• Launched Global Issues Gateway (www.gig.org), an educational Web site providing learning resources and in-depth analysis of global topics. Global Virtual Faculty members serve as guest editors or Global Scholars in Residence and offer dispatches from their home countries. The site also offers U.N. lectures and videoconferences via streaming media.
• Responded to the needs of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, when the Port Authority suffered the largest loss of life by a police department on one day in U.S. history. The organization relocated its training academy to Fairleigh Dickinson University for two years, and 548 recruits were trained on the Metropolitan Campus. The University continues to offer on-site programs for Port Authority personnel.
• Gained widespread recognition for its commitment to global education. For example: Madeleine Greene, vice president and director of the Center for Institutional and International Initiatives at the American Council on Education (ACE), said, “Thereis a strong need and an equally strong demand for international studies on campus. Fairleigh Dickinson University has taken a leadership role in the emerging field of internationalization by identifying global education as the cornerstone of its mission and in developing innovative international initiatives. … The leadership at Fairleigh Dickinson University is committed to internationalization and the faculty is engaged and active in the process.”
ACE invited the University to join its Internationalization Collaborative, and FDU was the first member to host a regional meeting exploring global learning.