Thomas Edison State College
|Thomas Edison State College|
|President||Dr. George A. Pruitt|
|Location||Trenton, New Jersey, USA|
|Colors||Burgundy and white|
|Affiliations||New Jersey State Library, University of South Africa, National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning in cooperation with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning1|
Thomas Edison State College is a public institution of higher education located in Trenton, New Jersey. One of New Jersey's 12 public universities and colleges,2 Thomas Edison State College offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.3 Thomas Edison State College was approved by the New Jersey Board of Education in December 1971, and established on July 1, 1972. The college was named in honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor who gained encyclopedic knowledge of many subject areas through self-directed learning.4
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults.5
Thomas Edison State College was established by the state of New Jersey and chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972. The College was founded for the purpose of providing diverse and alternative methods of achieving a collegiate education of the highest quality for mature adults.5
Thomas Edison State College moved into downtown Trenton in September 1979, at a time when other institutions were leaving cities. The 7-year-old college, which had spent three years at the Forrestal Center outside of Princeton, needed room for growth. At the same time, the state was looking for an appropriate tenant for the landmark Kelsey Building at the edge of the Capitol Complex, while the city sought to preserve the building’s historic use as a school. Built in 1911 and one of the architectural landmarks of the city, the Kelsey Building housed three schools before serving as the headquarters for Thomas Edison State College. In addition, the college's campus has expanded over the years and currently includes the Townhouse Complex adjacent to the Kelsey Building, the Academic Center and the Canal Banks Building on West Hanover Street, and the Kuser Mansion on West State Street.
The college offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 100 areas of study6 to its more than 20,640 students in every state in the United States and more than 70 countries around the world. These programs are based in Thomas Edison State College’s four schools.
The Heavin School of Arts and Sciences provides an interdisciplinary approach to lifelong learning for adult learners interested in exploring values inherent in the liberal arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as rigorous degree programs in the human services.
The School of Business and Technology provides a broad curriculum that encompasses the academic and professional areas of current business and management specialties as well as innovative degree programs to gain expertise in the fields of the applied sciences and technology. Organizational leadership is a strong focus of its curriculum, which ensures college-level competence in business and the arts and sciences as well as a curriculum that meets the educational and career needs of adult learners who work in environments that benefit from technical currency, practical knowledge and applied skills.
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing provides students with innovative degree programs that meet the educational and career needs of licensed registered nurses who want an alternative to campus-based instruction.
The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies offers degree programs and advanced certificate programs that cover domestic and international issues, including public policy studies, nonprofit management, financial management, public policy analysis, regional planning, early childhood education, environmental policy/environmental justice and health policy and management.
Thomas Edison State College offers degrees at the undergraduate level, including six associate degrees and 10 bachelor's degrees in more than 100 major areas of study. The college also offers nine graduate degrees as well as undergraduate, graduate and noncredit certificates.7
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Associate in Arts (AA)
- Associate in Arts in Human Services (AAHS)
- Associate in Science in Applied Science and Technology (ASAST)
- Associate in Science in Business Administration (ASBA)
- Associate in Science in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASNSM)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Science (BS)
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST)
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
- Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM)
- Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHeS)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services (BSHS)
- Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (BSOL)
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences (BSMIS)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Currently, the BS is only offered for those majoring in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
- Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEdL)
- Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Online Learning (MAETOL)
- Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Public Service Leadership (MPSL)
- Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology (MSAST)
- Master of Science in Human Resources Management (MSHRM)
- Master of Science in Management (MSM)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Undergraduate certificates generally require 18 credits of study. Gas distribution requires 15 credits.
- Computer-Aided Design
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Dental Assistant
- Fitness and Wellness Services
- Gas Distribution
- Human Resources Management
- Labor Studies
- Operations Management
- Public Administration
- Clinical Trials Management
- Educational Leadership (Post-Master's)
- Homeland Security
- Human Resources Management
- Nurse Educator (Post-Master’s)
- Nursing Administration
- Nursing Informatics
- Online Learning and Teaching
- Organizational Leadership
- Project Management
- Public Service Leadership
- N.J. Educational Leadership Supervisor's Certificate (Awarded by NJ Department of Education)
- Online Courses offer students the flexiblity of completing their course work wherever and whenever their schedule permits, within the constraits of the course schedule and semester. Designed to be completed in a 12-week semester, online courses include a detailed week-by-week schedule that guides the student through reading, writing and online class discussions. Mentors grad assignements and examinations, facilitate studnet discussions and are available for consultations by e-mail and telephone.
- Credit By Exam using the Thomas Edison State College Examination Program (TECEP®)8 and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Ohio University Examination Program, the New York University Proficiency Testing in Foreign Languages Program, and other testing programs.9
- Prior Learning Assessment which involves demonstrating knowledge acquired through independent study, participation in uncredited courses, work experience, participation in a hobby, or some other means. This is done by developing and electronically submitting a portfolio that details and verifies knowledge of the subject.10
- Licenses and Certifications may be the basis for college credit.11 Determination is by the university's Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning, which evaluates and access organizational, professional, and workplace training and certification programs.12
- Other Licenses and Certifications
- Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- The school has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1977.
- The school's nursing programs are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing,15 the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission16 and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.17
- The school's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program is accredited by The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).18 The TEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.19
- The school's Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology degree has been awarded initial accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This accreditation status is retroactive to October 2010.
Forbes magazine identified Thomas Edison State College in 1997 as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults20 and, as an early adopter of online education and administration, the college's computer network was cited in 1994 as “one of the brighter stars of higher learning” by The New York Times.21 The college's Bachelor of Arts degree programs in psychology, social sciences and sociology were ranked among the top "Best Buys" in the country for online accredited degree programs in those fields,22 while the college's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree was named one of the top five "Best Buys" in the country for an online accredited business degree, both by GetEducated.com.23
The College has approximately 41,470 alumni worldwide.24
- Arthur C. Brooks, Economist, President of the American Enterprise Institute.25
- Bonnie Watson Coleman, Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly.26
- Mike Davis, former Indiana University head men's basketball coach and former head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham
- Walter E. Fountain, United States Army Brigadier General, Assistant Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard
- Steven L. Herman, South Asia bureau chief and a Radio/TV Correspondent for the Voice of America.27
- Brian M. Hughes, current Executive of New Jersey's Mercer County.28
- Jim Harrington, Network Radio host.29
- Steve Levicoff, Writer.
- Tom Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction.30
- Captain Edwin Muñiz M.D., Ph.D. and Ed.D., Aerospace Physiologist.3132
- Michael D. Reynolds, Astronomer, currently a Dean at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
- Dr. Jay Carter, psychologist, valedictorian, currently a best-selling author McGraw-Hill, Penguin Group in Reading, Pennsylvania.
- Kristina Sisco, Actress.3334
In March 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed merging Thomas Edison State College into Rutgers.35 On June 29, 2010, the governor, the legislative leadership in both houses, and of both parties, concurred with Thomas Edison State College's view that the public interest was best served by maintaining the autonomy and special mission of both Rutgers and Thomas Edison State College.36
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- "Public College & University 2009 Institutional Profiles" (PDF). New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. State of New Jersey. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
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- "TEAC Members". NLNAC Accredited Nursing Programs. Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
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- "Wired Degrees Forbes' 20 top Cyber-U.s". Forbes Magazine. Forbes. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
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- "Best Buy Online Bachelor's Degrees in Business & Management". Geteducated.com. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- "Best Buy Online Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Human Services". Geteducated.com. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- "Alumni". Thomas Edison State College. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "Arthur C. Brooks". Scholars. American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- "Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) (Majority Leader)". Legislative District 15. New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- "STEVEN L HERMAN". TOKYO RADIO & TELEVISION DIRECTORY. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- "Brian M. Hughes, County Executive". Elected Officials. Mercer County "The Capital County". Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- "Jim Harrington '06". Academic Programs - Undergraduate Programs - Transferring Your Credit. Thomas Edison State College. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- "Tom Luna Interview". Local Information. Idaho Falls Today. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- Ildelfonso Lopez, Tras las Huellas de Nuestro Paso, Pg. 25, Publisher: AEELA, 1998, Retrieved May 10, 2007.
- "El Mundo" (Puerto Rican newspaper); "Gente"; August 20, 1982
- "Meet Kristina Sisco, '06". Academic Programs - Alumni Profiles. Thomas Edison State College. Retrieved 12 May 2009.dead link
- "2007 USC MPW One-Act Play Festival Award is going, going... Gone...". News & Events. University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
- Brian Whitley/The Star-Ledger, March 22, 2010, Christie's N.J. budget has Rutgers absorbing Thomas Edison State College accessed April 5, 2010
- Kelly Heyboer/The Star-Ledger, July 23, 2010, Plans for Rutgers, Thomas Edison merger are not in $29.4M budget deal
- Thomas Edison State College - official website
- NJ Commission on Higher Education - 2007 Institutional Profiles