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Widener University will be another law school to offer online non-J.D. education -- this time, a master's degree in higher education compliance. The school is reticent to take credit in pioneering the program, though it did say it was unaware of any other school who offered this degree.
It looks like Widener could be a little late to the game as non-J.D. sign ups have been on the rise for some time now.
It must be something in the air. While Rutgers' two law schools announced plans to merge together (largely in solidarity against the move to have Rutgers Law - Camden absorbed by Rowan University), Widener Law has recently split apart. We just thought we'd mention this observation of the two East Coast entities. Or is it three?
Beginning in the fall of 2016, just as the new entering class of Rutgers Law starts Fall of 2016, Widener will open its online network for students to start earning their master's degrees in higher education compliance. The aim, according to Assistant Dead for Graduate and Compliance Programs Eileen A. Grena, is to offer students basic legal education with a focus on legal administration 24/7. The online program hopes to provide higher education officials with basic legal skills as well as a more tightly focused knowledge in law administration that tends to be seen on a daily basis.
To earn the M.J., students will be expected to take 29 credits in focus of higher education compliance. The full time program will be a one-year program; part time will be two. Total cost will be $31,000. In that time, students will be grilled in all things FERPA, ADA, and HIPPA, the federal laws that generally haunt many employment and educations professionals.
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