JWU Providence Awarded $25,000 Grant by Davis Educational Foundation


Story by JWU Media Relations , on Sep 16, 2020 9:00 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — September 16, 2020 – The Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Providence Campus has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support the university’s “Alternative Academic Delivery Super User Program.” This grant will be instrumental to JWU faculty and staff as the university adopts new standards and methods for alternative course delivery and improves the integration of technology into instruction. 

The program will identify full-time faculty members in each of JWU’s six colleges that have shown expertise in both the ulearn, JWU’s branded Blackboard online learning management system, and remote teaching implementation. These designated “super users,” after receiving intensive training, will mentor and assist their colleagues on implementation of remote teaching and resourcing of online teaching materials. JWU’s teaching and learning community will use the outcomes and data from this short-term program to influence future program planning in response to ongoing health and safety issues, and ensure delivery of robust, accessible curricula during and after the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Davis Educational Foundation’s mission seeks to strengthen the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities in New England. The funds were awarded from the foundation’s Presidential Grants for Alternate Academic Delivery program, a special opportunity released during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist campuses as they bolster the depth and quality of their undergraduate online and hybrid academic program delivery. 

About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 12,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its 4 campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.

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