2024 NSU Fact Book

18 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY University Facilities • NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus, located on Gulf to Bay Boulevard in beautiful Clearwater, Florida, serves the Greater Tampa Bay area, including the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota. All programs at this more than 300,000-square-foot campus are offered in accessible and hybrid formats to accommodate the demanding schedules of its students. The wireless facility offers student/recreational lounges, private/ group study rooms, an interfaith room, and a courtyard that includes outside study/reading zones. Other features include a cafeteria/self-serve market, multimedia classrooms, interactive medical training facilities for inpatient and outpatient therapies, simulation operating rooms, and high-tech clinical training labs with pre- and post-operative and exam patient simulation rooms. Programs of study include education, school psychology, counseling, cardiovascular sonography, anesthesia, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and osteopathic medicine. In 2022, the NSU Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel International Dental Program was completed. This fully digitized program is located in an almost 20,000-square-foot space that includes 64 dental chairs, 3 surgical suites, classrooms, and a simulation lab. nova.edu/campuses/tampa • N SU’s Puerto Rico Regional Campus is a 37,000-squarefoot building located in the Professional Offices Park in San Juan. The park is located strategically just 300 meters from the Luis A. Ferre expressway, 1,500 meters from the Lomas Verdes Expressway, 2,500 meters from the Las Cumbres Expressway, and adjacent to State Road #1. These are the principal transportation arteries on the island of Puerto Rico. The campus offers programs in pharmacy and education. nova.edu/campuses/puertorico DISTANCE EDUCATION AT NSU u Nova Southeastern University is a pioneer in the area of distance education, having initiated distance education programs in 1972. It was the first university in the United States to offer graduate programs in an online format, with the creation of the electronic classroom. NSU has been offering online programs and programs with an online component since 1983. NSU was also the first to use the Unix system to host online courses, and one of the first to use the Internet to support instruction. Some programs use a blended instructional approach with face-to-face instruction coupled with online resources and video components. Others use an on- line course area exclusively. Some graduate programs require students to attend short, intensive instructional units on campus (doctoral studies orientation, summer “institutes,” or a summer conference) as a part of their required program of study. Distance education students have access to educational support services, including the NSU libraries at nova.edu/community/libraries.html, technology support via a help desk, educational resources via electronic classrooms and the Internet, and computing resources on our Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and at regional campuses located in Florida, Denver, and Puerto Rico. NSU students can participate in online courses from any location in the world with an Internet connection. Online courses use a web-based instructional platform as a centralized location for educational materials, course content, and communication—both synchronous and asynchronous. The online course platform enables a wide range of online activities that facilitate frequent student-teacher and student-student interaction. Faculty members and students interact in discussion forums via threaded bulletin boards, via real-time electronic classrooms that support graphical presentations and audio, and through online submission of assignments in multimedia formats. NSU provides an email address and a directory for publishing assignments and resources to the web for all students and faculty members. The Electronic Library provides access to online databases, many of which contain full-text documents. The development and implementation of distance education programs have become increasingly common as many colleges and universities have moved to the online venue. Nova Southeastern University has more than 40 years of experience in the development, delivery, and evaluation of distance education programs that have been used as models by other schools. Distance education students attend classes at times and places that are convenient to the learner—reflecting the mission