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NSU’s Provost Named to Digital Fellows Program

Ralph Rogers, Jr., Ph.D. One of 32 Selected Nationally


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Ralph Rogers, Jr., Ph.D. was selected by the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) as one of 32 provosts and chief academic officers to participate in the ACAO Digital Fellows Program.

Ralph Rogers Jr., Ph.D.

Ralph Rogers Jr., Ph.D.

Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACAO Digital Fellows Program is designed to provide provosts and chief academic officers (CAOs) with critical information, effective resources, and tested strategies to help CAOs and their faculty understand and adopt high quality digital courseware.

The goal of this project is to explore ways to use digital technology to increase the retention and persistence to gradation among undergraduate, especially those who are first generation students, low income, or students of color.

Additionally, the ACAO Fellowship Program will curate a rich, public archive of resources on digital learning and related issues to serve the community of CAOs who want to leverage digital curricular materials to foster student engagement and enhance student learning at their situations.

The year-long fellowship opportunity includes four meetings (or convenings) of the Fellowship recipients for workshops on digital learning. The Gates Foundation grant also includes support for individual campus projects focused on digital learning.

Rogers, who has served as provost at NSU since 2013, earned a baccalaureate (electrical engineering) and a master’s (industrial and systems engineering) at Ohio University and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

For a full list of the 32 Fellowship Recipients, visit ACAO at

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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

About ACAO: Chartered in 2013, the vision of the ACAO is to provide professional development and networking opportunities to all individuals who are responsible for the leadership of academic affairs in institutions of higher education. The ACAO provides a network of support for CAOs through its e-lists, professional resources, and annual conference held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE).



July 7, 2017

Media Contacts:

Julie Spechler | Office of Public Relations
954-262-5348 (office) | 954-591-3361 (cell)|

Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna
PI, ACAO Digital Fellows Program
401-835-2105 |