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Arlington, Va - 30 Dec 2002: IBM Business Consulting Services, which operates eArmyU, the U.S. Army's largest e-learning virtual university program with more than 30,000 enrolled soldiers, announced new academic program offerings and the expansion of participating colleges and universities to meet soldier needs.
The number of colleges and universities participating in eArmyU will increase to 32, in 19 states, during 2003. The academic institutions will offer more than 3,000 courses and more than 150 academic degree programs, tripling the degree programs since eArmyU's inception. eArmyU has delivered educational opportunities online to more than 30,500 enlisted soldiers since the program began in January 2001 and will enroll approximately 80,000 soldiers by 2005 at military installations around the world. The program is accessed at www.earmyu.com .
"eArmyU is helping our enlisted force to pursue higher education online while they serve their country," said Lt. Col. Anthony Jimenez, eArmyU Program Director for the Army. "With this expansion of academic offerings, we are taking the program to a new level."
IBM Business Consulting Services identified colleges and universities to provide online degree programs for enlisted soldiers through a competitive process. In concert with U.S. Army needs, the company recommended schools based on their ability to address the higher education goals and interests of soldier-students, meet the program's technological and administrative requirements, and optimize value to the Army.
"The demand for education through eArmyU is astounding, and we built the online program so that it can meet not only a growing enrollment, but also demands for different kinds of courses," said Jill Kidwell, IBM Business Consulting Services partner. "We are helping the Army supply higher education quickly and efficiently using the e-learning techniques pioneered in this program."
Twelve new undergraduate and graduate schools and at least 68 additional degree programs will be phased into eArmyU over the next six to nine months. All eArmyU schools must adhere to requirements and be approved for membership in Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges for credit transferability among eArmyU schools. IBM Business Consulting Services anticipates adding more targeted degree programs and schools over time to meet the Army's goals.
The newest eArmyU schools include:
Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, N.J.
Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
Jefferson Community College, Watertown, N.Y.
Pierce College, Lakewood, Wash.
Southern Christian University, Montgomery, Ala.
Southwestern College, Wichita, Kans.
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
University of California Los Angeles Extension, Los Angeles, Calif.
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Md.
The new additions to the program join 20 colleges and universities already participating which also competed for continuation in eArmyU:
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md.
Baker College, Flint, Mich.
Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas
Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.
Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio
Lansing Community College, Lansing, Mich.
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.
Pennsylvania State University World Campus, University Park, Pa.
Rio Salado Community College, Tempe, Ariz.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, Maine
Saint Leo University, Tampa, Fla.
State University of New York, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, N.J.
Troy State University, Columbus, Ga.
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
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