2020 NSU Fact Book

6 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Dear Friends of NSU, NSU made great strides this year toward becoming the premier provider of health care education in Florida. As I write this, during what has become a global crisis, the world is waking up to a growing need for quality health care professionals. In the summer of 2019, NSU’s new Tampa Bay Regional Campus officially opened its doors to students. The facility was completed in just 17 months and now houses programs in medicine, health care sciences, psychology, and education. As an additional site for the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, it puts NSU one step closer to being the largest educator of physicians in the nation. At this campus, and on all of our campuses, health care degree-seeking students are being trained using the latest technology, as well as working hands-on in clinics and with real patients, to become health care leaders. NSU prepares students to lead in any industry. In the Huizenga Business Innovation Academy, students are gaining a competitive advantage through faculty-mentored internships and an investment from NSU toward a business start-up. Meanwhile, at the Fischler Academy, the next generation of elite teachers are being educated for success. Students in our arts and humanities programs are hosting impressive exhibitions and performances, while over at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, they continue to lead the way with far-reaching research. There have been many other notable successes in the past year. NSU was top ranked by Forbes , U.S. News & World Report , and OnlineColleges.com . We also welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in the university’s history. This is in sharp contrast to the national average, where most colleges and universities have seen a decline in undergraduate enrollment. While the end of the year brought us new challenges, there’s much to be hopeful about. Unlike other schools, NSU is well-prepared to ensure that students do not have to put their college education on hold. Not only do we have the skills and technology to deliver more than 5,000 courses online, but we have the experience to back it up. More than 40 years ago, NSU pioneered distance education, offering the first doctoral distance education program in the country. Since then, we’ve expanded our online course offerings and remained a leader in online education. Just like all sharks, we always move forward. We don’t stop, and we never give up. This Fact Book supports the belief that NSU is a university where students and faculty and staff members thrive. I invite you to immerse yourself in our Shark culture. Celebrate all that we have achieved in the past year and all that is to come. Fins Up! George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. President and CEO Nova Southeastern University MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT u