|Education for Working Professionals
We will... provide ongoing education to enable professionals in technology-based careers to maintain their leadership positions and forge lifelong relationhips with our alumni.
The academic world is engaged in a learning revolution characterized by the explosion of new knowledge and technological advancement as well as shifts to an information-based global economy. Consequently, top-tier universities are expanding their scope to include working professionals, and forging creative partnerships with business, government, and other academic institutions.
A Distributed Rensselaer
The Rensselaer Plan calls for a distributed Rensselaer that operates from campuses in Troy and Hartford, Conn., while also reaching a much broader audience of working professionals through regional sites, distance education, and international partnerships. New leadership, new and revamped programs and initiatives, increased emphasis on faculty research, and streamlined processes all promise increased vigor in the days ahead.
Rensselaer at Hartford now enrolls close to 2,000 students representing more than 100 corporations on its campuses in Hartford and Groton, Conn. Distance education programs reach more than 1,000 students worldwide most of them executives and technical leaders with corporate and government partners. Another 14,000 working professionals are served by the Rensselaer Learning Institute of Rensselaer at Hartford.
In response to The Rensselaer Plans commitment to increase the involvement of research-active faculty in the design and delivery of programs, Hartford has begun the transition from a clinical faculty to a tenured/tenure-track faculty. The goal is to raise the profile and renown of the faculty through applied research in conjunction with corporate partners, particularly those in aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and finance. A plan to guide this transition has been developed; implementation is ongoing.
Other accomplishments include consolidation of all Rensselaer distance education functions under Hartford leadership; department reorganization at Hartford, merging computer science and engineering programs into a new Department of Engineering and Science; creating new collaborative relationships between Troy and Hartford to provide more efficient operations; creation of new cohort programs; and the successful conclusion of the search for new leadership of Hartford.
In August, Alan Eckbreth 76 was named vice president and dean of Rensselaer at Hartford. Eckbreth holds a masters degree and a doctorate in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University. In 1976 he earned a masters degree in administrative sciences from Rensselaer at Hartford. He most recently directed the UTC Fuel Cells Program at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, where he had served as a research engineer and manager for many years. He holds six patents and has published extensively.
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