The Rensselaer Plan calls for expanding programs for working professionals targeted at corporate executives, advanced professionals, and entrepreneurs.
5.1 A Distributed Rensselaer
5.2 Rensselaer at Hartford
We stand at the beginning of a “learning revolution” that will transform higher education. This revolution is characterized by an astonishing pace of technological advancement, expansion of new knowledge at unprecedented rates, shifts to an information-based global economy, and a profound change in the demographics of students.
As a consequence, top-tier universities are expanding their scope to include the existing as well as the future workforce, and forging creative partnerships with business, government, and other academic institutions. Programs for working professionals allow universities to transfer research results and innovations directly into the workplace and address the lifelong learning needs of the workforce.
5.1 A Distributed Rensselaer
Rensselaer builds on a strong foundation.
Together, Rensselaer at Hartford, Executive Programs, and Professional and Distance Education enroll 2,800 part-time working professionals in graduate academic programs. The RSVP program has received national recognition for leadership in distance education. With 45 years of experience in serving working professionals, Rensselaer at Hartford is a unique asset. The Rensselaer Learning Institute, located within Rensselaer at Hartford, serves over 14,000 working professionals in graduate degree programs and in non-degree training courses. These activities provide the Institute with the foundation to extend research and education beyond the “residential years” and its physical campuses to meet the career-long learning needs of working professionals.
The Rensselaer Plan calls for a distributed Rensselaer that operates from campuses in Troy and Hartford while also reaching a much broader audience of working professionals through regional sites, distance education, and international partnerships. A distributed Rensselaer will provide ongoing education to enable professionals in technology-based careers to maintain their leadership positions, and forge lifelong relationships with our alumni. A distributed Rensselaer will serve as the means to transfer research findings to the marketplace while bringing the people and projects of the marketplace to the Troy and Hartford campuses, creating exciting new
opportunities for resident students.
To consolidate our leadership position in education for working professionals, we will:
- Develop graduate-level, interdisciplinary, and executive programs that flow directly from our leading-edge, interdisciplinary research in such areas as IT, biotechnology, microelectronics, simulation and modeling, and advanced materials. Around these cores, we will customize to meet specific corporate needs.
- Increase, significantly, the involvement of research-active faculty in design and delivery of programs.
- Incorporate interactive pedagogies, both in the classroom and at a distance, as our competitive advantage in providing education to working professionals.
- Target programs toward corporate executives, advanced professionals, and entrepreneurs whose activity exerts significant impact on technology and society.
- Create partnerships with major corporate and government groups to position Rensselaer as the educator of choice in our areas of strategic focus, and with other top-tier technological research universities to broaden our delivery capability.
- Increase, with an eye to quality, the number of students, particularly Rensselaer alumni, in professional and executive programs.
- Recruit students internationally, especially in Asia, South America, Europe, and Africa. Create new sites in strategic locations for the delivery of live and distance-based programs for working professionals.
- Present a strong institutional “common face” to business organizations, government agencies, and individuals when they turn to Rensselaer for their professional education needs via consistent marketing, enrollment management, learner services, and administrative arrangements.
5.2 Rensselaer at Hartford
Rensselaer at Hartford enrolls nearly 2,000 students from over 100 corporations in professional master’s programs in management, engineering, and computer science. Courses are offered at Hartford, on site at corporate facilities, and interactively to working professionals across the U.S. and Mexico. As part of a distributed Rensselaer, we will:
- Broaden and increase the base of corporate clients served at Hartford.
- Create a one-year executive MBA program, blending an intensive on-campus experience with distance learning.
- Increase engineering enrollments in degree programs, certificate programs, and courses; and promote the master’s degree in high-demand engineering disciplines (e.g., computer and systems engineering) and the dual degree program with management.
- Expand education opportunities associated with the Institute’s core research strengths and the new focal areas in information technology and biotechnology.
- Increase the number of core tenure-track faculty at Hartford engaged in research, balancing teaching and service commitments as appropriate. Create appropriate Institutewide research alliances with Hartford’s corporate partners.
- Expand the reach of interactive pedagogies employed at Hartford, offering a range of interactive campus-based and distance courses and course experiences. Expand experiential and practicum-based (case studies) learning.
- Expand the Rensselaer Learning Institute offerings to technologically focused organizations, adding value, quality, and opportunities for Rensselaer’s research, entrepreneurship, and continuing education enterprises.
- Provide outstanding and seamless services to Hartford-based students and their sponsoring organizations.
- Investigate, with Hartford serving as a model, similar operations elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.