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Academic Partnerships Announces Research Grant Recipients

Submitted by on May 13, 2013 – 6:45 pmNo Comment

AP_logo Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities’ online learning in the United States, today announced that it has awarded eight grants to researchers from five universities who will be studying the impact and effectiveness of online learning.  These grants are part of AP’s commitment to supporting faculty research and increasing understanding about the effect of online learning.

The research conducted by the AP grantees will provide important data relating to student readiness; the effects of collaborative activities among small learning teams; the value of using coaching in online graduate nursing programs; the efficacy of online pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing programs in meeting the expanding demand for nurses; quality assurance in online courses; e-learning tools; and student self-regulation in online education.

“We are delighted to support this important research,” said Dr. Charles Green, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President of Academic Services at Academic Partnerships.  “The studies conducted by our grant recipients will increase scholarly knowledge around the impact and effectiveness of online learning.  We expect that these findings will have a meaningful impact on our collective understanding of the rapidly-developing field of online learning, and we look forward to sharing the results later this year.”

Grants were awarded to the following individuals:

Lamar University

  • Dr. Kyehong Kang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Amy C. Smith, Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Drs. Sedef Smith, Assistant Professor, Randy J. Davis, Assistant Professor, and Carl J. Sheperis, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Special Populations

Louisiana State University

  • Dr. Tracey E. Rizzuto, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource and Leadership

Texas A&M University–Commerce

  •  Dr. Casey Graham Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Dr. Ronda Mintz-Binder, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing
  • Dr. Mary E. Mancini, Professor and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Program

University of Texas–Pan American

  • Dr. Jun Sun, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods

The studies will be completed over the spring and summer and final reports will be published in the fall of 2013.

AP will begin accepting grant proposals for the second round of its 2013 Research Grant Program this summer.

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving more than 40 public institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities’ online learning in the United States.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally.  For more information, please visit

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