Institute recognized as 'most connected' campus, with the best by PaulyDeacon


									               Institute recognized as ‘most connected’ campus,
                 with the best online learning program in nation
     “October magic”? We think not.
     Stevens’ practice of Technogenesis® is con-
tinuing to pay dividends.
     In the same month this fall, Stevens Insti-
tute of Technology received accolades from two
respected educational organizations selecting
the Institute as having the nation’s No. 1 “Most
Connected Campus” and the best online learn-
ing program.
     In early October 2003, The Princeton Re-
view ranked Stevens at the top of its list of
America’s Most Connected Campuses—a rank-
ing that acknowledges the Institute’s national
superiority in wired and wireless technology for
students on campus.
     One basis for this recognition goes to the
core of Stevens’ practice of Technogenesis®
(which Stevens defines as “the educational fron-
tier where faculty, students and colleagues in in-
dustry jointly nurture the process of concep-
tion, design and marketplace realization of new
technologies”). In an article on
about Stevens’ No. 1 ranking, The Princeton Re- Dr. Sumit Ghosh, Thomas J. Hattrick ’42 Professor in Stevens’ Electrical and Computer
                                                   Engineering Department, speaks with students using the campus network. Stevens has
view points out that: “Stevens has an avant-
                                                   a robust wired and wireless campus network, computer science curriculum and distance
garde program, called Technogenesis®, in which learning program, WebCampus.Stevens.
students, faculty and companies work together
to develop technology from the birth of an idea all the way to its in-       “It also adds further depth to The Princeton Review’s No. 1 rank-
troduction to market. Students are currently working with Lucent         ing, showing that Stevens is clearly at the forefront of higher educa-
Technologies on a laser designed to improve the transmission of wire-    tion in both information technology acumen and superior online
less information.”                                                       university education,” Dr. Raveché said.
     Researchers and students in Stevens’ Physics and Engineering            “There is no doubt that Stevens graduates—whether they study
Physics Department, led by Professors Ed Whittaker, Hon. M.Eng.          online or on campus—are on the cutting edge, exceptionally well
’00, and Rainer Martini, have established the first link with mid-in-    prepared to flourish in the networked professional world.”
frared quantum cascade lasers (QCL) and achieved the fastest com-            The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), funded by the Alfred P. Sloan
munications link in the mid-infrared spectrum to date.                   Foundation, is a prestigious group of nearly 450 educational institu-
     Right on the heels of this honor, WebCampus.Stevens, the Insti-     tions and organizations dedicated to quality online education, and
tute’s distance-learning program (,         this year’s Sloan-C award was presented by a distinguished independ-
was chosen by the Sloan Consortium as having best “Institute-Wide        ent panel of outstanding academic scholars and administrators, in-
Online Teaching and Learning Programming.”                               cluding William Messner, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin
     Stevens President Harold J. Raveché welcomed the good news:         Colleges; Judith S. Easton, president of the Council for Higher Edu-
“The Sloan award acknowledges Stevens’ stature as the national           cation Accreditation; and Diana Oblinger, executive director of high-
leader in quality online university education.                           er education at Microsoft Corp.
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    “This is a very serious and very outstanding committee of distin-
guished academic people, not in general closely associated with
                                                                                   Stevens Institute at Forefront
Sloan-C,” said Dr. Frank Mayadas, program director for Sloan’s on-                  of Cybersecurity Research
line initiatives. “Their endorsement is a high honor indeed.”
                                                                                 Stevens has been named by the National Security
    Robert Ubell, dean of Online Learning at Stevens and founding
                                                                             Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in
director of WebCampus.Stevens, said: “Significantly, this award to
                                                                             Information Assurance Education, and will hold the
Stevens shows that smaller universities can become powerhouses in
                                                                             designation for the period from 2003 to 2006.
online education.”
                                                                                 This past June, formal presentations were made to
    The Sloan-C awards program was started two years ago to recog-
                                                                             the Centers at the annual conference of the Colloquium
nize and honor the best online learning schools and programs in the
                                                                             for Information Systems Security Education in
country. The previous Sloan-C top award winners, the State Univer-
                                                                             Washington, D.C. Dr. Paul Kolodzy, director of Stevens’
sity of New York Learning Network and the University of Maryland
                                                                             Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC), accepted
University College, are both large, statewide, multi-campus institu-
                                                                             the honor—and a plaque—on behalf of Stevens.
tions with enrollments of approximately 100,000 and 60,000,
                                                                             Dr. Manu Malek, who heads the Institute’s Graduate
                                                                             Certificate in CyberSecurity program, coordinated the
    Although Stevens is a significantly smaller institution, its record
                                                                             application for the NSA honor.
is impressive for an online program that first started in 2000.
                                                                                 Newly designated Centers of Academic Excellence
WebCampus.Stevens began with a few courses and now offers more
                                                                             in Information Assurance Education are recognized
than 160. This year alone, WebCampus.Stevens has enrolled some
                                                                             each year in a formal presentation at the annual confer-
2,250 graduate students in online courses. Since its inception, it has
                                                                             ence. The colloquium also provides a forum for key offi-
enrolled 3,500 students worldwide, with students logging on
                                                                             cials in government, industry and academia to discuss
from 36 U.S. states and 27 countries. This year’s revenue from
                                                                             current and emerging requirements in information
WebCampus.Stevens students is expected to reach nearly $4 million.
                                                                             assurance education, and to encourage the develop-
WebCampus.Stevens now employs 60 full-time and adjunct faculty
                                                                             ment and expansion of related curricula at the graduate
who participate in frequent, in-depth seminars to ensure the quality
                                                                             and undergraduate levels.
of course delivery. Courses on WebCampus.Stevens are just as rigor-
                                                                                 For more information about WiNSeC, visit the Web
ous and include the same content and quality as on-campus courses
                                                                             site or e-mail WiNSeC
at Stevens, said Ubell.
                                                                             Director Paul Kolodzy at
    WebCampus.Stevens has also taken a leadership role in develop-
ing intellectual property rights for Stevens, has forged substantial re-
lationships with the leading engineering societies and will soon inau-     within its residence halls to support gigabit-speed networking.
gurate an alliance in China with the Beijing Institute of Technology.           Today, Stevens is continuing to expand its network as part of new
    Ten years ago, online learning was nearly unheard of. Today, ac-       construction on campus. The university’s new Lawrence T. Babbio,
cording to the Sloan Consortium, 11 percent of all students take           Jr. Center for Technology Management, scheduled to open in the fall
classes online. It happens that WebCampus.Stevens today also repre-        of 2004, will add to Stevens’ already robust wired and wireless cam-
sents 11 percent of Stevens’ graduate programs.                            pus network. This new headquarters for the Wesley J. Howe School
    The Sloan Foundation has been the principal philanthropic sup-         of Technology Management
porter of online education, encouraging its development in U.S.            will be thoroughly networked
schools of higher education with more than $45 million in grants           for both wired and wireless
since 1992. For more on the Sloan-C awards, visit         communications, making it a
    To select the 25 “most wired” colleges on its list, The Princeton      unique state-of-the-art facility
Review collated responses from more than 100,000 college students,         for leading-edge education in
and from campus administrators. Criteria included the student-to-          business and technology man-
computer ratio, wireless access on campus, the breadth of the com-         agement. Visit the Howe
puter science curriculum and comments from campus students. Sup-           School homepage online at
plemental reporting from The Princeton Review’s phone interviews 
was gathered to identify America’s Most Connected Campuses.
    The Top 25 list also took into account data concerning streaming               —By Peter C. Benedict
media, support for handheld computing and support for next-gener-                   & Cass Bruton-Ward
ation computer curricula. For the full “Top 25” list and methodolo-
gy, visit the Web site
    “Stevens is at the forefront of education that integrates the latest
information technology and computer science acumen across the               Students can enjoy Internet
                                                                               access from Cafe on the
curriculum,” says Stevens President Harold J. Raveché. But being at
                                                                                 Hudson, the campus’s
the forefront in “connectedness” is not new for Stevens. In 1982,
                                                                                 cybercafe. Not only is
Stevens was the first institution to require all undergraduates to own          Stevens the No. 1 Most
and use personal computers. In the mid-1980s, Stevens provided ac-         Connected Campus, but it is
cess from all residence halls to the campus network and the Internet,       also pursuing cutting-edge
and in the late 1990s, Stevens completely replaced all networking          research in Internet security.

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