2022 NSU Fact Book

36 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Historical Highlights 1984 • The Academic Center for Computer-Based Learning was established. 1985 • The university revolutionized distance education with the development and implementation of the electronic classroom for delivery of online courses. • The Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology was approved by the Florida Department of Education. • The federation between NYIT and Nova University was dissolved by mutual agreement. • Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D., president, became chief executive officer of the university. • Nova University’s SACS accreditation was reaffirmed for a 10-year period. 1986 • The Doctor of Science Program in Computer Science was established. • The Behavioral Science Center became the Center for Psychological Studies. 1987 • The College of Pharmacy admitted its charter class in association with the College of Osteopathic Medicine. • The School of Social Sciences was established and offered the Ph.D. Program in Family Therapy. • The Center for Computer Science was established to contain both the graduate and the undergraduate computer science degree programs previously housed in the Center for Computer-based Learning. 1988 • The newly constructed Joe Sonken Building of the NSU University School Center was opened. • The Nova University Community Mental Health Center predoctoral internship received full accreditation by the APA. • The undergraduate Liberal Studies Day Program was begun with support from the state of Florida. • An inpatient geriatric/homeless facility was established to provide community service and research and training opportunities for students and faculty members. 1989 • The Disability Law Institute was established within the Center for the Study of Law to protect the legal rights of disabled people and to provide education about disability issues in the law. • The Center for the Study of Law was renamed the Shepard Broad Law Center in acknowledgment of attorney Shepard Broad’s extensive support. • The Shepard Broad Law Center was granted membership in the Association of American Law Schools. • Nova College was renamed the James Farquhar Center for Undergraduate Studies to recognize Farquhar’s long-time support. • The Computer-Based Learning Center and the Center for Computer Science were combined to form the Center for Computer and Information Sciences. • Nova University celebrated its 25th anniversary. 1990 • The Farquhar Center for Undergraduate Studies held its first convocation. • The Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology received accreditation from the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association. • Initial articulation agreements were made with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences.