Fairleigh Dickinson University continues to receive a great majority of our funds from tuition, but we are increasingly making strides in attracting private and public support. We recently celebrated two major private commitments to the University, and in the area of government funding the news is just as good.
• Congress, through the Defense Department, has earmarked for the University another $500,000 for the continued development and deployment of the online master of administrative science (MAS) degree program and specialized certificates in global security and terrorism studies, emergency management administration and computer security and forensics administration. These offerings, along with online bachelor’s degree-completion courses, are available for National Guard personnel and their families, as well as for all prospective students. The U.S. National Guard Bureau has reviewed and approved our MAS courses and curriculum. Total Congressional funding for this cutting-edge use of educational technology, which responds to pressing national concerns, is now up to $1.5 million.
• Congress, through the Department of Justice, has awarded the University $500,000 for the development and application of a cyber crime and forensic security curriculum and training activities. There is a lack of educational and training courses available to law enforcement professionals to aid them in fighting cyber crime. Fairleigh Dickinson, with its tradition of working closely and developing programs with local and federal law enforcement agencies, has the potential to take a strong leadership role in this area. Our cyber crime program will be among the first in the nation to focus on hand-held, Web-based devices.
• As the provosts recently announced, the Department of Education was directed by Congress to earmark a $148,800 grant for the Global Virtual Faculty program. This nationally recognized program has grown significantly since its inception in 2001. It now includes more than 50 scholars and practitioners from around the world.
Congratulations to Mark P. Campbell, Senior Vice President for Strategic, International and Government Affairs, who facilitated the awarding of these funds, and to all those who have been working to develop these innovative programs. A number of key initiatives are being considered for federal and state funding for next year, and I hope to share more good news soon. The success of our government relations programs since Mark’s arrival in 2000 has been impressive. We have garnered more than $6 million in government funding, and forged close partnerships leading to new and improved programs and services for our students.
I also am pleased to report that Mark has been named a senior policy adviser to the American Council on Education (ACE) to assist with reauthorization of the Higher Education Act now being debated in Congress. This recognition of his expertise brings great visibility to Fairleigh Dickinson University.