Academic Partnerships Announces Research Grant Recipients

12 Faculty Research Projects from Seven Universities to Study the Impact and Effectiveness of Online Learning

Jun 05, 2014, 10:32 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world's largest representatives of online learning, today announced that it has awarded 12 grants to researchers from seven universities to study the impact and effectiveness of online learning.  These grants are part of AP's commitment to supporting the research conducted by partner university faculty members and increasing our collective understanding about the effect of online learning.

The research conducted by the AP grantees will provide important data relating to the retention of minority students; online discussion participation; andragogical design principles and processes; influential factors for learner persistence; the role of student peer review in learning effectiveness; priorities and satisfiers of online RN-BSN students in an accelerated program; the effect of academic coaching; fostering student retention and graduation; faculty transitions and student persistence; online discussion participation; technology-learning alignment in online program delivery; and student perceptions of online and hybrid learning models.

"The faculty members at our partner universities are ideally positioned to provide new insight into the rapidly developing field of online learning," said Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Melissa Kaulbach.  "We are pleased to support their important research and look forward to sharing the results later this year."

Grants were awarded to the following individuals:


Columbus State University

  • Amanda Hawkins, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and RN-BSN Program Coordinator; Dr. Elizabeth Frander, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Melissa Young, Academic Advisor, School of Nursing; Kaylen Deal, Academic Advisor, School of Nursing

Lamar University

  • Dr. Sedef Smith, Assistant Professor, College of Education; Dr. R.J. Davis, Assistant Professor, College of Education; Dr. Carl Sheperis; Associate Professor, College of Education

Louisiana State University

  • Dr. Petra Robinson, Assistant Professor, Human Resource and Leadership Development
  • Dr. Sunyoung Park, Assistant Professor, Human Resource and Leadership Development

University of Delaware

  • Dr. Daniel Sullivan, Professor, Management; Dr. Sharon Watson, Associate Professor, Management

University of North Carolina-Wilmington

  • Dr. Elizabeth Gazza, ‎Associate Professor, School of Nursing

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Dr. Ronda Mintz-Binder, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Dr. Yi (Leaf) Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Dr. Ernest Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Dr. Casey Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Dr. Joohi Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Leisa Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

University of Texas-Pan American

  • Dr. Jun Sun, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
  • Dr. Ramiro de la Rosa, Assistant Director for Online Learning and Adjunct Graduate Faculty

The studies will be completed over the spring and summer and final reports will be published in the fall of 2014.

AP will begin accepting grant proposals for the second round of its 2014 Faculty Research Grant Program this summer.

About Academic Partnerships 

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities in converting their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  For more information, please visit

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