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USF Health Selects Tampa's Bisk Education to Expand Online Degree Offerings

Posted: September 8, 2012 at 12:19 am

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --USF Health has selected Bisk Education's University Alliance division to assist in developing and delivering online degree programs. Representatives from each organization, both long-time institutions in Tampa, met at Bisk's Sabal Park headquarters on Friday, August 17 to finalize the agreement.

USF President Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., met with Nathan Bisk, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bisk Education, Inc., and Andy Titen, President and Chief Operating Officer, to sign the contract that will expand the online delivery of USF's highly acclaimed academic programs.

"I believe that providing students with increased opportunities for online learning is imperative to their success," said Dr. Genshaft. "Partnering with Bisk Education is a vital part of accomplishing this goal."

In addition to Dr. Genshaft, representatives in attendance included Dr. Stephen Klasko, Chief Executive Officer of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine; Michael Barber, D.Phil., Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs; John Ekarius, Chief Operating Officer of USF Health and the Morsani College of Medicine; John W. Long, Chief Operating Officer of USF; Hilary Black, JD, Associate General Counsel of USF; Lisa Greene, Director of Strategic Communications for USF Health; and Dana Tirrell, Project Manager.

The first degree to be offered, a Master of Science in Health Informatics, which will launch in early 2013, will be developed by esteemed USF faculty who are dedicated to using the latest technology to educate students.

"Health Informatics combines science, computer science, and healthcare. It's truly transforming the healthcare field," said Dr. Klasko. "USF Health is dedicated to helping our students succeed in this kind of high-tech, innovative field. We are glad that Bisk, our newest partner, shares that commitment and will help us provide that education nationally and internationally."

Bisk Education is the leader in developing and delivering online degree and professional certificate programs for top-ranked regionally accredited universities. Bisk has helped nationally ranked universities expand their reach and advance their mission since 1996. The company's unique value proposition focuses on six areas or principles of excellence that ensure the development and execution of online programs that help universities increase enrollments while maintaining their academic standards and traditions.

"It is an honor to be selected by the University of South Florida," said Nathan M. Bisk, Founder and Chairman of Bisk Education. "Bisk's commitment to delivering academic excellence to students anytime, anywhere takes on a whole new meaning when the university is in our backyard. Not only are we changing the lives of healthcare professionals everywhere, but we're part of the growth and success of a local institution. This is a partnership that Tampa Bay can be proud of."

After finalizing the partnership USF's representatives toured Bisk's corporate campus where more than 750 employees develop the technology and services that make online enrollment and course facilitation possible.

To learn more about Bisk's comprehensive services for creating scalable online learning programs, please visit http://www.bisk.com.

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