Academic Programs Continue to Grow
The development of the Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership, which will bring together faculty from information systems, legal studies, and business, will provide the University with the chance to develop an entrepreneurial environment for faculty and students. Dr. Shelton Rhodes was hired to serve as the first Dean for the newly formed School. This growth is the most recent step in the expansion of academic offerings at Stevenson. A bachelor's degree in Medical Technology was added during the 200506 academic year to replace the two-year Medical Laboratory Technology program. A bachelor's degree in Public History was also added.
In recent years, the Nursing Division has received significant federal support. In December 2004, Sen. Barbara Mikulski visited the college to announce nearly $250,000 in federal funds to support distance-learning efforts utilizing the Verizon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2006, the College received the largest grant in its historyjust over $1,000,000 to expand the nursing program. Also in 2006, the Nursing Division graduated the first students from the distance-learning program as students from the Eastern Shore received their bachelor's degrees as part of a partnership with Chesapeake College. The Division has partnerships with eight community colleges to bring bachelor's degree classes to students enrolled in those schools. In August 2006, the College began offering its successful Master's in Forensic Studies degree online. The program, launched in 2004, trains forensic investigators in three trackslaw, accounting, and information technology. The first graduates of the program received their diplomas in May 2006, and an online track of the degree debuted in August 2006 to bring the program to professionals across the country. In August 2007, investigations and interdisciplinary tracks were added to the program.
Villa Julie took a leadership role in educating Maryland's future teachers in March 2008 when it announced the creation of the state's first teacher preparation program for middle school educators. Beginning fall 2009, Stevenson University will offer a degree in Criminal Justice. This entirely online degree is one of the first of its kind in the nation.
On the athletic field, the College joined its first-ever athletic conference, the North Eastern Athletic Conference, in 2004. A year later, Villa Julie accepted an invitation into the Capital Athletic Conference. Stevenson's teams now compete for conference titles in this traditionally strong conference that includes institutions from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Several Stevenson teams have competed in the NCAA Championships. In 2009, the men's lacrosse team finished its regular season ranked No. 1 nationally and made it to the Division III semifinals. Many of Stevenson's teams play and practice at the Caves Sports and Wellness Center, the new name for the facility formerly used by the Baltimore Ravens. The complex officially opened in Summer 2006 after extensive renovations to accommodate the new Wellness Center and Mustang athletics. A new gymnasium under construction at the Owings Mills campus will be completed by Fall 2010.