New Campus Dedication at South University
South University is dedicating its new campus in Short Pump Friday morning and introducing a new field of study.
The school's been open in Richmond for a year or so and has grown very quickly, so today, President Troy Ralston says, is really more of an anniversary.
Ralston: The theme of the event is "navigating the future."
He also announced an addition to the curriculum. With the Virginia Partnership for Nursing predicting a 36% shortage of nurses in the state in the next ten years, South is now offering a nursing degree.
Ralston: We just recently received approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing in order to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and so we are now able to talk about the program with prospective students and we'll be starting classes in October.
South University was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1889, and has eight locations across the South. Ralston said while there is a standard group of core courses:
Ralston: We will make decisions on which programs are offered at which particular campus based upon the needs of that particular metropolitan area.
John Ogle, WCVE News