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Franklin University Associate Dean Selected Data Consortium Fellow

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, is proud to announce Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost for Academic Quality and Executive Director, International Institute for Innovative Instruction (The Institute), has been selected to the Data Fellows Program by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS).

NCDS is a collaboration of leaders in academia, industry and government formed to address the data challenges of the 21st century. The NCDS was founded as a mechanism to help the U.S. take advantage of the ever increasing flow of digital data in ways that result in new jobs and industries, new advances in healthcare, transformative discoveries in science, and competitive advantages for U.S. industry.

The Data Fellows program seeks to enable research, fund prototype development, and/or facilitate activities that support the NCDS vision of unleashing the power of big data by developing and mastering data science. The Fellows program also aims to use the NCDS organizational structure to build relationships between industry, government, and academia; bridge gaps between research and practice; promote innovative approaches to addressing data science challenges; and engage the next generation of data scientists.

As the Executive Director of The Institute, Dr. Miner-Romanoff is committed to the integration of curriculum design, teaching and learning assessment, and technology to create engaging, effective and relevant learning experiences to create the ideal learning environment for student success.

It is this dedication to creating curriculum that fosters student success that led to Dr. Miner-Romanoff’s recent selection as a 2016 Learning! Champion by E-Learning magazine.  The Learning! Champion Award honors Individuals for exceptional contributions to the Learning industry.

New in 2016, Learning! Champions are innovators, thought-leaders, trail-blazers, mentors, cutting-edge technologists, rookie of the year, creative consultants, or high performing learning leaders that positively impact the learning industry. 

About the International Institute for Innovative Instruction
Born out of Franklin University's model of comprehensive and innovative curriculum development, the International Institute for Innovative Instruction unites doctorially prepared instructional designers, multimedia experts and teaching effectiveness experts.

The Institute is built on the fundamental belief that the needs and ambition of the learner come first. We've integrated curriculum design, teaching and learning assessment, and technology training professionals who work creatively to create engaging, effective and relevant learning experiences. From course design to technology integration and learning assessment - our goal is to create the ideal learning environment for student success.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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