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Cumberland University Unveils New Mount Juliet Facility
Cumberland University will expand its footprint in West Wilson County and Middle Tennessee in mid-2012 as it opens a new off-campus facility in Mt. Juliet.
The location, just off of Interstate 40 at Providence, will serve as the home for Cumberland’s Virtual Campus and School of Professional Studies. This commitment of Cumberland to Mt. Juliet will serve as the headquarters for online learning and will provide off-campus facilities for Cumberland’s nursing, criminal justice, and Master of Science in Public Service Management, and other programs in the health professions and business.
The opening of this new facility coincides with one of the greatest periods of unprecedented growth in Cumberland’s history. CU is experiencing record-breaking student enrollment and has recently undertaken a string of construction projects. These big steps include a 152-bed residence hall, a new online campus, the first in the central south to place an i-pad in every student’s hands, and a new Learning Commons to open next academic year. The University has plans to begin construction of the new Cumberland Community Center and Café this year as well.
“This development represents another extraordinary advancement for the University,” Said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of the University.
“Bold moves are not out of the ordinary for this 170 year old institution. Since our founding Cumberland University has responded to
unprecedented economic times by offering programs that are relevant and produce graduates that immediately enter the workforce and
Dr. Charles Collier, vice president of Cumberland’s Virtual Campus and Professional Studies, states that the facility is designed to expand the university’s educational offerings for students in West Wilson, Davidson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties.
"The facility’s official purpose will be to better serve adult learners and nontraditional students throughout the region,” said Collier. “The site will also be an enhancement and expansion of our earlier site in Mt. Juliet."
This development is a result of a long partnership of service between Cumberland University and University Medical Center. Growing the relationship that CU and University Medical Center already share is a major step forward for both institutions. A stronger relationship will allow both organizations to better serve the community with better technology and well educated healthcare professionals.
The building will also play an important role in the growth of Cumberland’s Virtual Campus, an online learning environment offering academic programs designed for returning and nontraditional students. Planning to supplement its offerings with new degree programs in
2012, the rapidly expanding online environment will utilize the location as its primary headquarters.
Three “on-site” academic programs will utilize the location’s facilities. Cumberland’s nursing program offerings in Mt. Juliet will relocate to the center. The university’s criminal justice and Master of Science in Public Service Management programs will also make use of the building, helping to expand Cumberland’s reach throughout Middle Tennessee.
Collier expects that many new students will benefit from the facility’s offerings as Cumberland reaches out to surrounding communities.
“The site will aim to better serve students from Mt. Juliet, Nashville, Rutherford county, and Sumner County, and from west of Lebanon in general,” said Collier. “The facility is part of Cumberland’s strategy to expand the mission of the university and provide even better service to our community.”