Morrison University has a lengthy history in the realm of education, with over a century of expertise. Reopened in January 2015 after a series of financial difficulties and a declining enrollment rate, it is presently in the midst of an event unlike anything the University has ever encountered.
Confronted with whole new challenges as a result of the Covid outbreak, Morrison University has weather through these turbulent times better than its peers in other US States. The University got an investment in the form of a USD 3.88 million financial infusion for its 2015 relaunch. This restoration effort, led by Robert Hinkley and his group of investors, enabled the institution to maintain its previous level of academic quality.
The epidemic has created a plethora of complications for staff and students. The rapid shift toward an online interface in 2020 and 2021 has not been warmly received, with critics claiming that it is not a viable substitute for face-to-face courses. Online sessions can be plagued by technical difficulties and connection challenges, with students of lower economic status becoming more isolated and difficult to contact.
Now, the century-old academic institution is undergoing a fresh round of investment. A $2 million yearly budget has provided it with much-needed flexibility. This funding is mostly used for marketing, scholarships, and recruiting of prospective university students. Additionally, they have been exploring other funding sources, such as academic sponsors and creating research relationships with these sponsors.
However, some parties are worried about the possibility of academic integrity being compromised as a result of the development of these new alliances. These issues address specific instances, such as the John Templeton Foundation's support of programs that combine religion into scientific courses. The university has said that they will take the appropriate precautions to avoid a recurrence of this incident, including choosing responsible partners that respect the institution's limits.
Morrison University President, Dr Freddie Brooks, has indicated his desire for a revitalized campus. “The Digital World will always be marching forward, so we believe that our students should be prepared for this change. Improvements to the School of Computing are a must for this goal to be achieved. Morrison University aims to be a top institution in the fields of cybersecurity, computer sciences, and information technologies”, he said. The institution also intends to place a greater focus on big data analytics. Morrison University is also looking to expand in other areas, with the goal of becoming a competitive institution in AI and deep-learning over the next several years.
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