September 26, 2016

Orlando campus opens, more than 700 students enroll in classes

Webster University’s new Orlando, FL campus held its grand opening ceremony in early August.

Buddy Dyer, mayor of Orlando, visited the downtown Orlando campus with Webster President Elizabeth Stroble and 200 guests Aug. 2 to celebrate the new campuses grand opening.

The downtown campus occupies the entire fourth floor of the downtown Orlando building; Webster is currently only using only half of the space. 

“Programs focus on business, technology, human services and mental health counseling,” said Deborah Straubinger, the campus’ community relations coordinator.

Five hundred students are enrolled in on-campus classes, with an additional 225 signed up for online courses.

Straubinger said Webster offers nine graduate programs at the Orlando campus which appeals to the adult business professional who is wanting to move up the career ladder, start their own company or find a management position in a new industry.

Straubinger said some programs, like the MA in Counseling or the MS in Human Services, offer hybrid programs where some of the courses are online and some on-campus.

With approximately 30 courses per term, classes meet one night a week for nine week terms on campus.

“All of our programs offer stop and start flexibility so our students can take the time off they need for work and family.” Straubinger said. “Degree completion is an average of 24 months, but students can finish their program in 1 year if they need to graduate quickly.”

Straubinger said typical students are between the ages of 25-35 and working full time.

The downtown campus is staffed with seven full time employees working in areas of student services, academic advising, academic affairs, director/central Florida regional director, assistant director and community relations and over 70 adjunct faculty members who are practitioners in their field.

“Due to the proximity of the six campus locations in Central Florida, we are able to share faculty with some campuses in our region,” Straubinger said.

Straubinger said she hopes the campus will use more classrooms and labs as they expand in the future.

In the meantime, Straubinger said Webster will be leasing the space to tech startups. She said by creating shared workspace offices, they hope to bring more business professionals and companies to the campus and attract community members as well as downtown businesses and organizations to Webster.

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