July 19, 2011 15:34 ET

Regis University and Universidad del Turabo Launch First Dual Language Online Master's Programs in the U.S.

Programs Will Offer Quality Education Degrees in English and Spanish

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2011) - Regis University and Universidad del Turabo (UT), a member of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS), have partnered to create the first, one of its kind Dual Language Online Master's Programs offering two masters' degrees -- one in Business Administration and the other in Organizational Leadership. The initial group of online students will kick off their programs with classes beginning on August 28, 2011.

According to the 2010 Census, the U.S. Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the last decade, which has in turn increased the need for bilingual professionals. The Dual Language Online Master's Programs were created to meet this employment opportunity tide.

"We are finding more and more that everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies have an increased demand for bilingual professionals. We wanted to create a program that prepares working professionals for a competitive job market. To achieve this, we designed courses that fit their busy schedules while providing an opportunity to improve their language skills," said Luis Zayas, Vice President for National and International Affairs of the Ana G. Méndez University System and President of AGMUS Ventures, Inc. an organization created by Regis University and AGMUS to promote dual language university education.

"Many Latinos come to the U.S. with undergraduate degrees and have the desire to earn advanced degrees; often the only challenge is the language barrier. These online master's programs not only prepare them with the education they seek to advance their careers, but with the necessary language and professional skills to excel in today's highly competitive job market," Zayas added.

The Dual Language Online Master's Programs use the Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model® that employs seven basic elements focused on facilitating student success. These elements include language development across the curriculum, bilingual faculty and staff, language placement test in both languages and a learning assistance tools for academic support. The Dual Language Online Master's Programs will also integrate opportunities for students and faculty to engage in speaking and listening activities that provides for a personal online learning environment.

"U.S. employers should see the combined degree achievement and language proficiencies as added value for their businesses. Their bilingual employees will not only be better versed in their professions, but will also be able to strengthen the company's skills base through their mastery of two key world languages," said Dr. Patricia Ladewig, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Regis University.

Regis University and Universidad del Turabo are highly-respected institutions of higher education in the U.S. offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Regis University, which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, is ranked as one of the best universities for 12 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Regis offers accessible, affordable bachelor's and master's degrees through innovative online learning, multiple campus locations, a nationally recognized curriculum, and dedicated faculty in Colorado, Las Vegas, and New Mexico. Regis University has approximately 7,000 online students and offers 39 degrees online. Universidad del Turabo, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is a comprehensive university that offers Doctoral, Master's, Bachelors and Associates degrees and is part of the Ana G. Méndez University System. The Ana G. Méndez University System serves over 42,000 students in multiple locations in Puerto Rico and Florida. Its Branch Campuses in Florida pioneered dual language university education with over eight years' experience and 1,250 dual language program graduates.

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