The following information comes from an official Nova University web page.
In the 1970s, the United States was becoming a place where women and minorities had an opportunity to break the barriers, to challenge previously conceived notions of place and propriety. These groups were beginning to attain principalships in big cities and were eager to get their doctorate degrees.
Fischler recalls, “[When I was earning my doctorate] I had to spend a full year on campus with my wife and 3 children living in small apartment because, back then, a full year of residency was required. But we couldn’t ask [these new students] to give up a year because they had just gotten positions, so we created programs that would go to them, instead of asking them to leave their jobs.”
So it happened that, in 1971, Nova Southeastern University developed and offered the first doctoral distance education program in the nation. This excursion into the realm of distance education was truly ahead of its time. Fischler’s program was the forerunner of today’s online education phenomenon – an instructional method now available at nearly every institution of higher learning.
Today, NSU remains a leader in distance education, offering programs online and via video conferences, at national and international instructional sites, and at the university’s campuses in Florida. More than 11,000 students enroll in Fischler School programs each year.
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