Johnson & Wales University prides itself on being a pioneer in online education and a premier provider of professional degree programs. We have always been committed to providing superior quality, purpose-driven service that helps our students reach their goals and achieve success.
Since 2014, the Johnson & Wales College of Online Education (COE) has offered online degree programs to working professionals. In that time, COE has provided a flexible online education to thousands of students from around the globe. To further our commitment to serving professionally focused students, Johnson & Wales University is announcing an exciting change to the College of Online Education.
The Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education is officially changing its name to the College of Professional Studies. Supporting activities for the name change will take place starting October 4th, and full implementation of the new name will be complete by the end of October 2021.
The college's new name reflects both where we've been and where we are going in the future.
About the College of Professional Studies
The College of Professional Studies (CPS) will offer 100% online undergraduate and graduate degrees, provide Admissions and Advising support to Providence Campus graduate studies programs, develop a professional training division, and provide support for online course sections for on-campus students.
The college will continue to work closely with the all of the academic colleges across Johnson & Wales University, while offering support services to working adults and online students. These services include student academic support, writing coaches, financial aid, and more.
This broad range of services, geared specifically toward working adult students, helps ensure a robust and meaningful academic experience for those pursuing their education and seeking a career change or advancement, or perhaps working full-time and supporting a family, a home, and other obligations.
Expanding some of the services of the College of Online Education to a broader population of Providence Campus graduate students will successfully bring all working adult professional students into the CPS fold with services customized to their needs.
Current COE students will see no material changes to their relationship with JWU other than the change in the college's name. This transition allows JWU to efficiently support all of our working adult students while expanding into new service areas.
"There is a lot of new opportunity to grow and diversify the working adult population at JWU!" said Cindy Parker, Ed.D, Vice President, Professional Studies.
"The new Online Culinary program is showing tremendous promise,” College of Professional Studies Dean David Cartwright said. “It’s a new, exciting and innovative way that we’re providing educational opportunities to an increasingly diverse population of frontline culinary professionals, adding to the existing portfolio of more than 85 programs.”
The College of Professional Studies envisions playing an expanded and vital role in the University's success and reputation in the coming three years as it seeks to showcase its role in higher education as a comprehensive university.
As a university, we are continually working to improve and plan for our sustainable future. This change will allow us to streamline our professionally focused programs by supporting them under a single identity while still providing the high-quality support our students have come to expect.
The College of Online Education's impact on Johnson & Wales University will continue to be felt well into the future. The transition to the College of Professional Studies will allow the University to build on the foundation of the College of Online Education while supporting more professionals with varying academic needs.
The future of Johnson & Wales University is bright. The College of Professional Studies will provide an opportunity to grow even further in the academic world and build upon JWU's great history.