Wayland Baptist University gets a $290,000 grant for distance learning
The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), and WaylandBaptistUniversityhave announced a $290,000 grant to support distance learning initiatives.
The grant will help fully fund the equipment needs for distance learning classrooms and help solve three major problems facing higher education today: a critical shortage of nursing students; a critical shortage of qualified elementary and secondary teachers; and an inability to find qualified college level faculty in many of the smaller campus locations and traditionally underserved areas.
“AT&T’s grant gives WBU the opportunity to expand program offerings and add classrooms, laboratories and distance education programs,” said Dr. James Antenen, dean of WaylandBaptistUniversity– San Antonio. The project, partially funded by AT&T, is helping expand WBU’s capacity to serve the needs of an estimated 2,000 additional students annually through distance education to directly address the following issues:
- Shortage of skilled nurses
- Shortage of qualified elementary/secondary teachers
- Shortage of bilingual teachers
- Shortage of schoolhouse seats for nursing and teacher education students
- Shortage of non-traditional evening nursing and teacher education degree programs for working adults
- Inaccessibility to nursing, teacher education, and numerous other programs in the underserved surrounding area, including the Rio GrandeValley, West Texas and New Mexico.