The U.S. higher education sector is rapidly evolving in response to changing societal needs and conditions — most notably rising costs and decreasing public support. With these changes come opportunities for innovative partnerships that provide effective solutions.
In 2023, Fielding Graduate University became an official affiliate of Rowan Global Inc. By joining Rowan Global Inc.’s affiliate network, Fielding increases its opportunities to take advantage of a greater array of resources to support graduate student learning and their learning environment.
Under such a network, member institutions will be able to expand, diversify and collaborate with each other, while preserving their individual historic core.
Founded in 1974, Fielding Graduate University is a private, nonprofit graduate institution founded on the social sciences that provides exemplary interdisciplinary programs for a community of scholar-practitioners. It uses a distributed learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry and leading to enhanced knowledge.
Created by Rowan University, Rowan Global is a nonprofit affiliate network of higher educational institutions that serve diverse populations and audiences. The network is intended to benefit affiliates by providing a set of coordinated services to support the delivery of their respective academic programs. Fielding is the first institution to join the network and remains an independent university, as will all members of the affiliation.
“The two-plus years timeframe to realize this affiliation is a reflection of the thoroughness and transparency that permeated the negotiations at all levels and it is also a testament of the goodwill and collegiality demonstrated by the leadership of the involved parties,” Horacio Sosa, CEO and president of Rowan Global Inc., said.
“The partnership between Rowan and Fielding is an exceptional opportunity for our entire community,” said Karen Bogart, chair of Fielding’s board of trustees. “An affiliation with Rowan Global empowers Fielding to do what it has done since its founding in 1974 — offering educational opportunities to adult learners as they pursue graduate degrees in the social sciences. Benefits include increasing technology and academic supports for our students in all programs by securing more resources through collaborative planning. In addition, there are many exciting opportunities to explore, including scholarly collaboration amongst members of the affiliate network and global programming for adult learners.”
Rowan University is a comprehensive R-2 university with approximately 20,000 students offering more than 74 bachelor’s degrees and 51 master’s degree programs, four doctoral programs and two professional programs. The university is one of just 56 institutions in the country with accredited programs in business, education, engineering and medicine. The main campus is located in Glassboro.