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TROY develops mobile app
Troy University has unveiled a free mobile application that will
make key information available via mobile devices, according to
Ronnie Creel, Director of Education Technology for eTROY, the
University’s distance learning division.
Creel said the app was made available Jan. 5 for trademarked
Apple products such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch and later
in January was made available for the Android. The Blackberry
version is available through Blackberry World.
The app enables students to work in online classes, provides
academic course information and campus maps and includes a
faculty and staff directory with telephone numbers and email
addresses. The app also includes University news and athletics
information and much more.
A committee composed of personnel from the Department
of Educational Technology and the Office of Marketing and
Communication began developing the app in June, Creel said.
TROY earns honor roll status in national ranking
Four Troy University online programs have been named honor roll programs by U.S. News
& World Report’s first-ever “Top Online Education Program” rankings.
TROY’s online bachelor’s degree program in education and its graduate degree programs in
business, education and nursing all made honor rolls.
Online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked in three different categories: student
engagement and assessment, faculty credentials and training, and student services and
technology. The online master’s degree programs were ranked in similar categories, but were
evaluated on student engagement and accreditation as opposed to assessment. There was also
a separate indicator ranking for admissions selectivity.
TROY’s online bachelor’s degree program in education ranked third out of 170 schools for
“teaching practices and student engagement” and fifth for “student services and technology.”
The University’s online graduate program in business ranked, out of 150 schools, 12th for
“student services and technology,” 62nd for “teaching practices and student engagement,”
and 39th for “admissions selectivity.”
Out of 150 schools, TROY’s online graduate program in education ranked 21st in “student
services and technology,” and third in “teaching practices and student engagement.”
TROY’s online graduate program in nursing ranked ninth out of 83 schools for “student
services and technology,” 26th in “admissions selectivity” and fifth in “teaching practices and
student engagement.” There are 458 regionally accredited institutions offering at least one
master’s level or doctorate of nursing practice level program in the country.
Screen shot of TROY app
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Alumnus
Tatum named
Vice Chancellor
of Global Campus
Dr. Lance Tatum, who
has served as dean of the
College of Education
at Troy University since
2007, assumed the role of
Vice Chancellor of Global
Campus, effective Jan. 1.
As Vice Chancellor of
Global Campus, Dr. Tatum
will oversee TROY teaching
locations outside of Alabama
plus eTROY, the University’s
distance learning operation.
A 1988 graduate of TROY,
Dr. Tatum earned a master
of science in foundations
of education from TROY in
1989 and completed a doctor
of philosophy in 1993 from
Florida State University. He
joined the faculty of the
College of Health and Human
Services in 1998.
Dr. Lance Tatum
Rinehart named
Dean of Arts and
Sciences
Dr. James F. Rinehart has
been named dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences.
He assumed those duties on
Feb. 1.
Dr. Rinehart, professor of
political science and former
chair of the Department of
Political Science, has been a
member of the TROY faculty
since 1995 and served as
interim associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences
since 2008.
Dr. James F. Rinehart