Asbury University opened an off-site campus in Orlando, Florida, beginning Fall 2008 semester. The University shares the Asbury Theological Seminary facility located at 8401 Valencia College Lane, Orlando, Florida 32825. As of May 14, 2008 Asbury University was granted approval to operate as a Florida institution by the Commission of Independent Education.
The building is a 38,000 square-foot, two-story facility, with 300 lighted parking places. The campus is accessible from two major transportation arteries: Tollway 408 (East-West Expressway) and Tollway 417 (GreeneWay). It is located about 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Asbury University’s Adult Professional Studies program (adult degree completion) is the first program offering on the Orlando campus. Currently, the institution offers three majors within the degree completion program: Leadership and Ministry, Management and Ethics, and Elementary Education P-5. The Adult Professional Studies program is offered through a cohort model with typical range of 12-18 students.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education prepares students to become teachers in elementary education programs, work in related fields, and prepare for graduate school. Adult Professional Studies is pleased to partner with the Education Department to ensure that teachers with a Christian perspective and a passion for sharing Christ are well equipped to assume the important task of educating our most valuable treasure - our children.
A Bachelor of Science in Management and Ethics is intended to provide students with a background for careers in business, other related occupations, and graduate studies. An ethical framework for decision making is emphasized. Christian concepts are foundational to the program. In addition, life and work experiences of students add to the richness of the program. A Christian worldview provides a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the management and ethics areas.
A Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Ministry is beneficial to anyone who is particularly interested in leadership skills, further Biblical knowledge, and ministry expertise. The major provides the opportunity for pastors and others in ministry who never completed their degree to further build their pastoral skills. The program is beneficial to individuals who are in leadership positions and have a desire to be more effective in ministry. This degree helps prepare students for graduate and seminary work. Christian concepts are foundational to the program. In addition, life and work experiences of students add to the richness of the program. A Christian worldview provides a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the leadership and ministry areas.
Three instructional delivery methods are used to fully implement the Adult Professional Studies program on the Orlando campus. Cohorts on the Orlando and Wilmore campus begin simultaneously to facilitate the contact with full-time faculty delivery instruction through distance learning resource technologies. Faculty from the Wilmore campus visits one of the five nights of a course on the Orlando campus. In addition, faculty on the Orlando campus delivers some courses. As a final option, several courses are delivered through online instruction as they are to the current Wilmore students.
The Orlando campus library houses a collection of over 60,800 books. In addition, there is a computer lab with 20 computers available for students to use while on campus.
At this time there are twenty six (26) smart (high-tech) classrooms at the main campus (Wilmore) and eight (8) smart classrooms at the Orlando campus. A smart classroom has at a minimum a ceiling mounted video projector or large screen display mounted on the wall (in smaller classrooms), a DVD/VCR player, sound system, and an overhead projector or an Elmo-type visual presenter.
To support distance learning there is a state-of-the-art video distance learning room in Orlando and a similar room located in Wilmore, KY. Using that technology, instructors can conduct a two-way audio and video connection with the class and students can participate no matter which location their instructor or fellow students are located. Each location can see the other classroom and the instructor and any instructional materials, such as a PowerPoint presentation, simultaneously.
In addition to the instructional equipment in the classroom, the Asbury University Information Technology Services department also provides computers for faculty, staff and computers labs for student use. The replacement cycle for faculty and staff computers is once every four (4) years and the replacement cycle for computer labs is every two (2) years.
Wireless networking is available throughout the Orlando facility including the library, the lab, and all of the smart classrooms. Every classroom on both the main campus and the Orlando campus has both a phone and a wired network jack for the instructor. In addition, both campuses provide Internet access from all wireless and wired network connections throughout their facilities.