“Unless you continually work, evolve, and innovate, you’ll learn a quick and painful lesson from someone who has.”
Cael Sanderson, a former Olympic gold medalist, took those words to heart as he formed arguably the most successful collegiate wrestling career of all-time. His words struck a chord with me as I believe his message applies to a number of areas, with higher education being no exception. We have experienced a number of disruptions and movement in higher education recently, but that has not deterred us from our overall mission and goal to provide the best learning experience possible for our undergraduate and graduate students. Doane was built with a firm belief in the liberal arts, with the idea that we shape our students to be well-rounded individuals, working members of society after they graduate prepared to enter a variety of fields. While that has never wavered, some of the methods of how we offer that education have evolved.
In this spring edition of Doane Magazine you will read about one of those exciting avenues, as we recently partnered with edX, an online learning destination and massive open online course (MOOC) provider that offers high-quality and unique courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners across the globe. Our partnership with edX makes us the first of any institution in Nebraska to join this elite company. Through this additional learning environment, courses on DoaneX will be offered side-by-side on the same platform with some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Notre Dame. As you will read, this partnership has allowed us to reach students from more than 170 countries, something that would not be possible without this opportunity.
While we have opened new and exciting doors to broaden our educational reach, we also continue to expand our course offerings. Our College of Professional Studies launched a Master’s of Business Administration last fall, and will launch new programs in agribusiness and instructional design & technology this fall. On the Crete campus, nine majors, minors, and emphasis areas were added. We are constantly evaluating our current offerings and looking at options to provide new programs. At Doane, we refuse to sit back and adapt to changes and new trends, years later. We strive to be innovators, staying one step ahead of the game.
In this edition, you will find stories exemplifying what Doane is all about—a tight-knit community of people pushing each other to succeed. An inside look at our new agribusiness program is revealed, while we also spotlight Doane alumni who are thriving at one of the premier cattle feeding operations in the world. We will also share the story of how our partnership with edX developed and what it means for the future of online learning. One thing I have always loved about Doane is the sense of community, and that is profiled in a touching story about how our university rallied around a student who had a sudden, life-threatening health scare last summer.
As we wrap up another academic year on the Crete campus, we continue to move forward—on-ground and online, showing why Doane is not just a “college on a hill,” but a university on the rise.