The College of Health and Human Services founded the first and only academic program in the nation dedicated to the rapidly growing assisted living and senior housing industry and the housing and care needs of a worldwide aging population. The program has been nationally and internationally recognized for its innovations and has involved more than 300 students in graduate and undergraduate course work since its inception in 2002.
Its first-in-kind innovations include the following:
• First national and international internships in assisted living and senior housing, with more than 70 students completing internships in industry-leading assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and continuing care retirement communities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
• Unique nationally recognized hospitality services internships in partnership with Walt Disney World Resorts.
• Established first-in-nation master’s degree in senior housing administration in 2009.
• Created and defined terminology for a new category of senior housing—“university-based retirement communities”—and technology for seniors—“Nana technology”—both of which have received national and international recognition.
Program-related work has been featured in national and industry media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, U.S.News & World Report, USA Today, and affiliates of Fox News, CBS Radio, and NPR, among others. The program has been featured internationally by Agence France-Presse, Kyodo News International, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among others.
Submitted by Andrew Carle, assistant professor, College of Health and Human Services