Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Post University reorganizes into four new schools

Post University is on the move. We've grown tremendously over the past few years, developing new programs and increasing the size of our student body.

Enrollment this past fall was up significantly over the previous year, making Post University the fastest-growing institution of higher learning in Connecticut.

Not only did we welcome the largest freshman class to our campus this fall, we've also seen growth in our online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We introduced our Post University Online Master of Education degree program in fall 2009, and we had our first graduate this December. We look forward to welcoming him and several more of our online M.Ed. students to our campus in May to participate in the University's 121st commencement ceremony.

In 2007, we launched Connecticut's first completely online MBA degree program, which also was awarded a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Prize in 2009. This month we're adding a Master of Public Administration degree program.

To make sure we can continue to provide the high quality education and support services our students rely on, we've reorganized Post University into four schools that reflect our core academic disciplines. Post University now has a School of Business, School of Education, School of Public Service, and an undergraduate Post College.

Donald Mroz, Ph.D., has been named Dean of the School of Business. Dr. Mroz, who served as the Director of the university's online MBA degree program for two years, will continue to support this well-respected and growing program, as well as all the undergraduate business programs offered at Post.

Jane Bailey, Ed.D., who played a major role in the development and accreditation of our Master of Education program, has been named Dean of the School of Education. We will also be bringing on deans for the School of Public Service and Post College in the near future.

This reorganization lets us focus on educational outcomes within each of our disciplines, and improve the overall academic integrity among our programs.

I'm excited to share this news with you, and looking forward to the great things we'll be able to help our students achieve as a result. We issued a press release with more details on the reorganization. So if you're interested, scroll down and give it a read.

We'll have more on this as it develops!



Post University to Reorganize into Four Distinct Schools Reflecting Core Academic Disciplines

Schools of Business, Education, Public Service and Undergraduate Post College will Enhance Student Support and Academic Excellence; Two Deans Named

WATERBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Post University, a traditional university with an excellent online program, announced today it will reorganize into four distinct schools to better serve its diverse and growing student body, and focus on development of curricula that meet the changing needs of students and employers.

The new Post University structure will include a School of Business, a School of Education, a School of Public Service and an undergraduate Post College. Donald Mroz, Ph.D., the current director of Post University’s online MBA degree program, has been named Dean of the School of Business. Jane Bailey, Ed.D., who played a major role in development and accreditation of the university’s Master of Education program, has been named Dean of the School of Education. The search continues for Deans of the School of Public Service and Post College.

“This new structure will allow us to better focus on educational outcomes within each discipline, align our undergraduate and graduate programs and ensure greater overall academic integrity among all our programs,” said Ronald W. Ogrodnik, Ph.D., President of Post University. “I am pleased that Dr. Mroz and Dr. Bailey have agreed to take on enhanced roles within the Post community. Our next step is to recruit leaders of the School of Public Service and Post College who will bring the same commitment to high academic standards and exceptional student support.”

In the past two years, Post University has brought on a team of scholar-practitioners to serve as Academic Program Managers, who are responsible for face-to-face and online teaching, outcomes-based curriculum development, and the supervision of instructional staff. The managers are intensely focused on understanding and responding to the needs of Post’s diverse student body, many of whom work full or part time while earning their degrees.

“This innovative hiring model has resulted in a team of creative, experienced leaders who are capable of guiding the development of a curriculum that can meet the changing needs of students and employers,” said Ogrodnik. “Our Academic Program Managers understand the challenges our students face both in the classroom and in their daily lives.”

Dr. Mroz has been instrumental in the development of an innovative, applied online MBA degree program that includes concentrations in corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership and marketing. He has previously taught at the University of Michigan and University of North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University and holds a B.S. from Northern Michigan University and Masters degrees from Fielding and Eastern Michigan University. He also brings more than 25 years experience in the business world.

Dr. Bailey, who launched the University’s online Master of Education degree program that includes concentrations in teaching & learning, and instructional design & technology, brings more than 25 years of higher education experience to her position. Prior to joining Post in 2009, she held positions at the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University. She received an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the College of William and Mary; a Master of Arts in Education from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Founded in 1890 and located in Waterbury, Connecticut, Post University is a student-focused, career-driven university that offers a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its more than 6,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace. To learn more about Post University, visit www.Post.edu or call 800-345-2562.

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