Coming less than 90 days after separate announcements last November that saw the launch of the nation’s first fully-online Master of Public Health in Nutrition program as well as ten new programs featuring blended learning innovations pioneered by University of Massachusetts faculty and program developers, UMassOnline CEO David Gray today announced the formal launch of three more new, online study concentrations. These new programs include a collaborative concentration in Arts Administration – the first and only program of its kind in the nation – as well as concentrations in the rapidly changing fields of Journalism Studies and Health and Human Services.

“These new program developments,” said Gray, “are a result of our ongoing commitment to remain in the forefront of innovative online offerings in step with extremely high-growth fields. In emerging disciplines where sweeping changes are happening rapidly and the demand for highly educated professionals continues to grow, the most rewarding career opportunities favor those with the most advanced knowledge and best contemporary understanding of the requirements for success.”

“Today’s leading colleges and universities with a genuine interest in providing quality online programs have an obligation to go well beyond the mere packaging of long-established traditional courses with baseline delivery technology. In addition to the requirement that the technology significantly enhance and enrich the learning experience, the program offerings themselves must remain contemporary, reflective of the real world, and ever-evolving to meet and exceed growing demands for leading professionals to have the contemporary knowledge demanded of the new career opportunities.”

All three of the new offerings were developed by UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls (UWW) program which, for 37 years, has been at the forefront of groundbreaking degree completion programs for adult learners. Applications for the new concentrations are currently being accepted for fall 2008 with individual courses available now.

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