Summer Spotlight Series: Nova Southeastern University
Posted on August 17, 2016
We have made it to week six of our Summer Spotlight Series! This week, our university partner in the spotlight is: Nova Southeastern University.
Nova Southeastern University (NSU), originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology, was founded in 1964 in Fort Lauderdale. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 26,000 students, NSU now has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and also maintains a global online presence. The university currently consists of 18 colleges and schools offering over 175 programs of study and more than 250 majors.
We recently got the chance to speak with Brooke Goehring, Campus Director at Nova Southeastern University's Jacksonville campus.
Q: What is your hometown?
A: I was born and raised in South Florida, in West Palm—so I am a true Floridian! I have spent several years in both Central and Southwest Florida and am delighted to now call Jacksonville my home.
Q: What brought you to Northeast Florida?
A: Well, we lived in Southwest Florida for many years and my husband and I were really just ready for a change. For us, Jacksonville offered a lot of wonderful career opportunities and really felt like a great place to raise our children. We’ve been here for a little over two years now and love the area and all of the wonderful people that we have met.
Q: What is your alma mater and what was your experience as a student?
A: I attended the University of Central Florida immediately after high school graduation. I was one of those “lost souls”, so I had no idea what my future held or what I wanted to be when I grew up. But I was blessed with having a mentor very early in my educational journey that really helped shape my professional career. I graduated from UCF with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and I spent some time after that really focusing on helping other students who were lost like I was. So, for the next few years I devoted my career to providing students with academic and non-academic support services. I did decide to go back [to school] and get my master’s degree and earned a Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University.
Q: What drew you to Earn Up and what makes you excited to be part of the collaboration?
A: I heard about Earn Up the first week that I started working at NSU; one of the assistant directors came and talked to me about the wonderful initiative and all of the great things that you all had planned. For me, it was another great opportunity to give back. Also, at NSU, we have a strong commitment to community and support a life-long learning environment. Earn Up allows us to support initiatives throughout Northeast Florida that identify pathways for students to earn a college degree or vocational certificate and in return meet their personal and professional goals. We are excited to have the opportunity not only to partner with the JAX Chamber, but also with other universities and colleges in the area to identify and break down the barriers that are preventing people from earning their degree.
Q: Why is college attainment important to you?
A: I always tell people that a college degree is more than just a pretty piece of paper that you hang up in your office. A college degree provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to grow personally and professionally, leads to more career opportunities, and in many ways allows individuals to provide their families with a more successful future.
Q: What are some of NSU’s current initiatives and big focus points right now?
A: We are definitely focused on increasing awareness of our academic programs, both here in Jacksonville and at our main campus in Davie. Our Davie campus is a traditional campus, so we have first-year college students, we have residential locations on campus for them, and we have that “underclassmen experience” at our campus. So, obviously we want to increase awareness of those programs. Here in Jacksonville, we also really focus on providing training opportunities and working with our corporate partners to provide free workshops and ways for individuals to increase their knowledge and skills and be more successful in their careers.
Additionally, in the 2015-2016 academic year, NSU launched the university’s largest-ever external funding campaign. By 2020, this campaign will raise $250 million in philanthropic support for students, faculty/research and 21st century education, and will raise another $300 million in externally funded research.
Q: What sets NSU apart from other universities/colleges in the region?
A: At NSU, we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, service and learning. We value hands-on learning and leadership development and strive to meet the needs of our students through a variety of modalities, including face-to-face, online, and live video conferencing. Locally, our partnerships with organizations such as Association for Talent Development (ATD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Family Foundations enable us to offer valuable workshops and outreach to our students, staff, and our community—99% of the time at no charge!
If you are interested in learning more about Nova Southeastern University and the programs offered at the Jacksonville campus, click here.