JBU Awarded $2 Million Grant for Online Programs

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 30, 2010) — John Brown University has been awarded a 5-year, $2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the JBU Eagles Online program. Eagles Online will allow students with 60 hours of college credit, who meet admissions requirements, to complete a business administration or general degree completely online. The program is expected to be in place by the fall of 2011.

“Eagles Online addresses a real need in Arkansas, and the grant gives JBU the resources to address this need well.” said Dr. Richard Ellis, dean of graduate and professional studies and Title III project manager. “We are grateful to be awarded this Department of Education grant.”

The Title III Strengthening Institutions grant will fund the personnel, tech support and curriculum creation for the program. In addition, the grant will fund overhead costs for five years. As part of the grant, business faculty and faculty teaching general studies courses will receive faculty development training in developing and teaching quality online courses. In order to fully serve students enrolled in the new online programs, JBU will make an array of online services available, including online tutoring, a writing center and a 24/7 help desk.

“Eagles Online is going to be another excellent opportunity for JBU to help students reach their education goals,” said Dr. April Moreton, director of foundations and corporate relations. “We are thankful that the U.S. Department of Education has seen the value of such a program and is willing to assist us.”