National Technological University's (NTU) educational programs focus on engineering, information technology, business management, and other fields deemed important to the development and maintenance of technology. The range and variety of academic offerings and experiences reflect the rapidly changing needs of a technological society, the aspirations of the students, the expertise of the participating faculty, the curricular requirements of the selected programs of study, and the results of research and development. Responsibility for achieving these fundamental purposes rests with the community of scholars constituting NTU. The University, in conjunction with the participating institutions and organizations, provides the services, environment, materials and facilities necessary to enable the faculty and students to discover, examine critically, preserve, disseminate and apply the knowledge and wisdom essential to the enhancement of the quality of life for present and future generations.
National Technological University, accredited in 1986 by the North Central Association, was acquired in 2002 by Sylvan Ventures, LLC, the investment arm of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., a publicly held company devoted to online higher education. In March 2003, the NTU academic offices were moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In May 2004, Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc was renamed Laureate Education, Inc. NTU's Title IV eligible academic programs include:
- Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- M.S. in Computer Engineering
- M.S. in Computer Science
- M.S. in Electrical Engineering
- M.S. in Engineering Management
- M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- M.S. in Microelectronics and Semiconductor Engineering
- M.S. in Software Engineering
- M.S. in Systems Engineering
- M.S. (Special Majors)
NTU offers courses via videotape, VCD, CD, DVD, and Internet streaming.
Financial Aid Issues/Alternatives
National Technological University courses are 15 weeks in length and the academic year, currently consist of three 15-week semesters. At points within the semesters, students have the option of registering for courses that will overlap terms. Although all students will not select to take courses that overlap, this model is characteristic of a non-term calendar. Thus, all terms for all students will be defined as non-term. Currently, NTU's intent is to have three payment periods that will correspond to one-third of the academic year. The first payment will be disbursed at the beginning of an academic year. NTU's challenge will be to identify and monitor students to ensure that all courses attempted are successfully completed in the previous payment period so that subsequent payments can be made. In addition, National Technological University has two academic models for delivering courses: the partner-administered model and the NTU-controlled model. Although the program and course names are the same, the only differentiation is the section numbers. Of the two models, only the NTU-controlled model has been approved to participate in the Demonstration Program. Therefore it is incumbent on the offices of Financial Aid, Bursar and Registrar to ensure that aid is disbursed to the right student, at the right time and enrolled in programs accepted for participation in the Demonstration Program. NTU will initially award aid via EDExpress and use Sallie Mae's e-College to give students the ability to view their financial aid award online.
The Cost of Attendance (COA) for an NTU student will include tuition, fees, books, supplies and a living allowance. The tuition within the COA will be averaged since tuition will vary based on course cost.
A great deal of time will be devoted to writing the policies and procedures to explain the awarding and disbursement process.
Additional Goals for ParticipationAn NTU goal is to increase independent student enrollment and broaden participation from small to medium companies. Most of NTU's students work for large companies that provide tuition reimbursement. Federal financial aid will allow broader student participation.
Demonstration Program Cohort
National Technological University joined the Distance Education Demonstration Program in December 2003 as part of the third cohort.