Looking for a venerable and well-respected online engineering program? Think of calling New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), home to one of the nation’s largest and best-respected online computing, engineering and technology programs.
The Oct. 17, 2006 issue of US News and World Report singled out NJIT’s program as sixth in the nation based on enrollment in ABET-accredited engineering schools and fifth in the nation based on the age of the program. NJIT opened its e-learning portals in 1989 for full degrees but actually began offering courses in a form of e-learning as far back as 1977. NJIT researchers coined the term, “Virtual Classroom®.”
“We’ve seen tremendous growth in our e-learning programs for computing sciences and engineering,” said NJIT Continuing Professional Education Associate Vice President Gale Tenen Spak, PhD. “In the last 10 years, total course enrollments grew from 11,509 to 39,696 students. Why? E-learning is the way to go for busy people. I hear from engineers and technology people all the time how they dream of being able to continue their educations, but find they can’t. They don’t have more than one hour a day to devote to getting that higher degree. But by taking advantage of the anytime, anywhere possibilities of electronic learning, returning to school is a reality for them.”
Do you need a special computer to join an e-learning program?
“Absolutely not,” explained Spak. “We tell our students that all they need is a computer and Internet access, preferably over a high-speed line. Live real-time help is available to students approximately 12 hours per day and faculty must respond to students’ online questions usually within 24 hours.
The NJIT e-learning program offers graduate degrees in engineering management, information systems and professional and technical communications. NJIT also offers five 12-credit graduate certificates in project management, information systems implementation, telecommunications networking and data mining.
In-state tuition for the 2006-2007 academic year is $648 per credit;
out-of-state residents pay $892 per credit. Federal financial aid programs are available to students enrolled in online degree programs.
So, how does e-learning work?
Students log into their online courses twice weekly. Faculty members receive special training before teaching online courses. Online students have access to a campus-based and online library, career counseling and placement assistance,academic advising, mentoring, and the financial aid office. There is also online access to registration, campus portal, email, schedule builder, transcripts, course notes, bill payment, course profiles, bookstore, campus directory, applications and other forms of computing and helpdesk support.
More than half the full-time faculty who teach in the online programs also teach in programs offered in a physical setting on NJIT’s Newark campus. For online programs, exams are typically administered online, proctored in noncampus-based or campus settings. Excluding chat rooms, all courses taught in online programs are offered asynchronously. Online interaction between students and faculty is a course requirement.
Many courses use online chat rooms in which everyone must be available at certain times or synchronously. Threaded asynchronous discussions are also available. So are streaming video, audio and podcasts. All online degree programs are identical to those offered in a physical setting and credits earned for courses in the online degree programs cannot be distinguished on the NJIT transcript from those earned in courses offered in the physical setting. Admissions requirements for the online programs are the same as requirements for the equivalent degree programs offered in the physical setting.
For more information about the program, call1-800-624-9850 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply directly at http://cpe.njit.edu/apply.htm. Minimum admissions requirements differ. A master’s degree applicant must meet NJIT admission requirements. A 12-credit graduate certificate applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution showing a 2.8 or higher grade point average.