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08-16-2013

Clarkson University to Expand Distance Education

Janoyan Appointed Director of Distance Learning

Building on its successful School of Business online MBA program -- now in its fourth year -- and corporate-based programs in some of its other schools, Clarkson University continues to expand its distance education programs.

Kerop D. JanoyanThe New York State Education Department recently approved addition of the distance education format to all master of science and master of engineering degrees in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Clarkson plans to soon offer all graduate programs through distance learning.

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson University's online graduate business programs in the nation's top-12.

Kerop D. Janoyan has been appointed director of distance learning. An associate professor and executive officer of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Janoyan will coordinate marketing, policy, licensing and technology, as Clarkson increases its distance education offerings.

"Through his experience in the classroom, laboratory and research collaborations, Kerop brings a qualified perspective to the distance learning environment of the future," said Provost Chuck Thorpe in announcing the appointment. "His energy, experience as an executive officer, prior state and industry collaborations, and marketing and fundraising experience make him an ideal choice for this role.”

Janoyan will also head a University-wide MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) Task Force, which will observe the ongoing development of MOOCs and provide recommendations as to how the University should proceed in this area.

Thorpe says that the University plans to work closely with its alumni and corporate partners in planning its distance learning offerings. Janoyan also hopes the University can enable distance components for its current listing of courses.

"We hope that eventually any professional interested in content at Clarkson can take one of our courses through distance learning," says Janoyan. "In addition, it will provide a better educational experience for our undergraduates, especially students on co-op, away for internship or studying abroad, who would be able to stay on schedule for their degree program at Clarkson even while they are off-campus."

Janoyan says that Clarkson's expanded distance learning offerings could also bring about more opportunities for "blended classroom" experiences, in which courses combine a face-to-face component with an online or computer-related component.

"The distance-enabled curricula will also enable Clarkson students to interact with their peers at other universities around the world, bringing an expanded worldview into our classrooms," adds Janoyan.

Janoyan joined the Clarkson faculty in 2002, after receiving his Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of California, Los Angeles.

He has been recognized numerous times by Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering for his excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and by the Albert D. Merrill Award by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for his contributions toward research and service. Janoyan was elected by-fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University where he spent his sabbatical stay in 2009. He has mentored over a dozen doctoral and masters students, as well as numerous undergraduate research students.

In his announcement, Thorpe thanked Associate Vice Provost for Research William Jemison and Provost Emeritus Thomas Young for the groundwork they have done in distance education. He also recognized the work of Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor & Chair Stefan Grimberg and Bursar Amanda Pickering, the co-leads for the strategic planning process distance and digital learning study group, and Distance Learning Coordinator Laura Perry.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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