DALLAS, December 4, 2017 — Academic Partnerships (AP), a leading provider of online services for higher education, has announced the grantees of its Fall 2017 Faculty Research Grant Program. Research grants will be awarded to faculty members at five universities including University of North Carolina Wilmington, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of West Florida.

The AP Faculty Research Grant Program offers faculty members from partner institutions the opportunity to apply for grants to fund their research across an array of topics in online teaching, learning and innovation. Since the program's inception in 2012, AP has awarded more than $400,000 in grant funds to 100-plus faculty members at more than 20 universities.

"We continue to be impressed by the high-quality submissions we receive from our faculty partners," said Jennifer Scott, Senior Vice President of Academic Services and Products. "Their research helps us continually enhance the online student experience in the AP-supported online degree programs and advances our collective knowledge-base as research partners in AP-facilitated network."

2017 research grants have been awarded to the following universities and faculty members:

University of North Carolina Wilmington: The Effect of Virtual Simulation on Critical Thinking and Student Satisfaction with Learning in Accelerated Online RN-to-BSN Students
Stephanie L. Turrise, Ph.D., RN, BC, APRN, CNE
Martha S. Hepler, MSN/Ed, RN, CHSE
Charlotte Elise Thompson, Ph.D., RN

The University of Texas at Arlington: Competency-Based Learning (CBL): Developing a Competency-Based Geometry Methods Course (Year 2, A Follow Up Project)
Joohi Lee, Ph.D.
Mohan D. Pant, Ph.D.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin: Using "Practice" to Increase Leadership and Advocacy Skills in Online Graduate Students Studying Special Education
Lindsey Balderaz, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin–Parkside: Assessment of Student Learning in Competency-Based Online MBA Courses
Suresh Chalasani, Ph.D.
Michele Gee, Ph.D.
Parag Dhumal, Ph.D.

University of West Florida: Mentoring Through the Structured Doctoral Seminars: A Pathway to Increase Graduation Rates for an Online Ed.D. Program
Guofang Wan, Ph.D.
Francis Godwyll, Ed.D.
Wisdom Mansah, Ph.D.
Mark Malisa, Ph.D.

The grant process is administered through Faculty eCommons.com, a faculty-centric website created by Academic Partnerships to provide ongoing support, tools and resources for online instructors at AP partner institutions. Faculty eCommons offers industry research, best practices, guidance and professional development resources for online teaching, learning and innovation.


About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships is a leading online service provider for higher education globally. The company assists universities in converting their on-campus degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students for those programs, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, Academic Partnerships is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through technology-aided learning make higher education more accessible and achievable.