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BAPT I S T HE ALT H E BO L A T RAINING IN T HE KE I GW I N S C H OO L O F NU R SING S I M UL AT I ON TR AINING AN D APPL I E D RE S E A R CH L AB 5 ASPIRE INVESTMENT PROJECTS T H AT S H O W U S T H E F U T U R E O F J U IN V EN T IV E ACA DEMIC S OCEARCH AT JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY Encompassing all academic disciplines across campus, ASPIRE has contributed to major advancements in new and renovated academic facilities, new professional degree programs that act as direct pathways to in-demand careers fields, and hundreds of nationally- recognized partnerships with industry-leading organizations. There is no clearer example of this than the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences (BRCHS). The College has demonstrated a seemingly inexhaustible commitment to growth by creating more than 400 partnerships, more than 20 degree programs and certifications, a 30,000 sq. ft. BRCHS facility, a state-of-the-art Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) lab, and built a national reputation for academic excellence, making it one of the most visible and impactful markers of ASPIRE. Led by former Dean and now Provost Dr. Christine Sapienza's incredible expertise and vision, the growth of BRCHS has been made possible through the generosity of both industry-leading partnerships like Brooks Rehabilitation and Baptist Health and generous philanthropists like Jack and Beverly Keigwin. Most recently, the college has begun development of a new three- story,100,000 sq. ft. facility to accommodate more opportunities for clinical and experiential learning. "JU has grown substantially in our ability to train our students with the right facilities," said Dr. Sapienza. "In the future, as we continue to fundraise, we are going to put more energy into the type of student we bring to JU. We'll be able to expand our undergraduate programs and our graduate programs while being very thoughtful of national and regional trends." Outside of BRCHS, another innovative academic partnership is OCEARCH at Jacksonville University, which has brought students to the front lines of high-caliber research and collaboration by working with industry-leading marine science researchers and universities across the country. ASPIRE has also contributed to the expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Business, and Arts & Sciences programs. Some of our new and improved programs include: CYBERSECURITY MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING KINESIOLOGY HEALTH INFORMATICS SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY EDUCATION FOR INSTRUCTION BUSINESS ANALYTICS BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPORT MANAGEMENT ONLINE MBA PROGRAMS Improved facilities for biology, chemistry, and other sciences FEATURES