This fall, alumnus, parent and trustee Tim Baxter ’83 – president of Samsung Electronics America – launched a partnership and case study that allowed RWU to roll out a cloud computing platform using state-of-the-art Samsung displays. Among other benefits, the solution saves money for students, frees classrooms and creates an even more collaborative academic environment. Baxter shares thoughts with Don Farish.
Tim, let me start by thanking you a great deal for the wonderful consequences of this partnership between Roger Williams and Samsung. I talked with Steve White – dean of our architecture school – the other day, and he is just rhapsodic because he is seeing his expectations exceeded. Not only is the cloud computing approach working well in terms of hardware and software, but they are now calculating how much money this will save for the average student. This feeds right into our Affordable Excellence initiative, and it turns us into a leading-edge campus on this technology. We couldn’t ask much for much more!
“Through Affordable Excellence, we are committed to keeping tuition costs down and to creating ‘job-ready’ graduates who benefit from exposure to both liberal arts and professional studies, augmented by project-based learning reflective of the professional world,” Dr. Farish said during his annual State of the University address to faculty and staff. “Ultimately, this means stronger, more competitive graduates who will succeed both professionally and as responsible citizens of the world.”
Bristol, R.I. – Roger Williams University (RWU) and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. are partnering on a groundbreaking educational technology initiative in an effort to create a more collaborative learning environment, reduce technology costs for college students and set new standards for “affordable excellence” in higher education.
“The reality is that young people today are graduating with enormous debt,” Reed said to a packed room of students, staff and faculty. “It is inhibiting their ability to do what they want to do; it’s inhibiting their ability to participate in the economy. It’s something that is not only affecting us from an educational standpoint, but also from a macroeconomic standpoint.”
BRISTOL, R.I., – The Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University starts the spring semester with 28 projects, serving nearly a dozen Rhode Island communities, including community development and Main Street revitalization initiatives in Providence, Woonsocket and Central Falls.
A key component of the University’s Affordable Excellence initiative, the CPC pairs students and faculty with local nonprofits, municipalities and other organizations to tackle community projects that often require specialized expertise or additional resources. Students apply classroom learning and gain real-world experience by engaging in community projects such as economic development research and planning, public policy formulation, architectural design and urban planning.
The Hearst Foundations have awarded a $75,000 grant to Roger Williams University to support its Intercultural Leadership Ambassador (ILA) program, which provides full-tuition scholarships to underrepresented students. The grant, awarded over a three-year period, will provide further financial support for ILA students for costs related to housing, dining, textbooks and other educational expenses.
The University launched the Intercultural Leadership Ambassador program in 2007 as part of a campus-wide initiative to increase educational opportunities for students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Eligible students must have overcome a life challenge in pursuit of education; be first-generation college students or speak English as a second language; and come to the University from an under-resourced community.
In case you missed it, President Farish sat down with WPRI Channel 12 reporter Ted Nesi on Wednesday, Oct. 31, to talk about the state of higher education and how the Affordable Excellence Initiative at Roger Williams University will address the issues of cost, jobs and debt facing students and their families in the coming years. The interview aired on Sunday, Nov. 4, but readers can watch the full episode of "Executive Suite" with Ted Nesi, featuring RWU President Donald Farish, below.
BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing higher education in America – increasing costs that limit access to college; rising student and family debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University launched the Affordable Excellence initiative on October 24, 2012.
University President Donald J. Farish shared details at his annual State of the University address, invoking questions he raised during his Inaugural Address in October 2011 on how to create “affordable excellence” in higher education. His words yesterday served as a call to action – directed to both Roger Williams University and to America’s colleges and universities more broadly.