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Monday, October 5, 2015

ARPE Cohort Provides Degrees to Pacific Island-Based Residents

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SDSU is continuing a long tradition of providing blended distance learning programs in remote Pacific Island settings.

The Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and American Samoa have all participated in SDSU B.A. and M.A. cohort programs over the past 30 years. As a result, approximately 300 students have graduated from SDSU without ever having to leave their home island. The cohort model blends both on-site professor face-to-face instruction and Internet-based content.

Many of the Pacific Island  graduates have advanced to leadership positions within the island nations. Most of these degrees have targeted educators, both at the K-12 level and in the community college. Courses from a variety of SDSU departments have been offered as electives to meet the needs of local communities.

In April and June 2015, students from the Palau B.A. and M.A. cohorts were able to visit the SDSU campus. They were very excited to see our campus in person.  The visiting students were met by several of the instructors and administrators, including Mendy McClure, Jill Serrano, Dr. Geoff Chase, Dr. Minjuan Wang and Dr. Sandra Cook. Dr. Theresa Lally organized both groups, gave them a tour of the campus, and helped with additional sightseeing in the San Diego area.

Earlier this year in February, San Diego State University’s Department of Administration Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE), in partnership with Palau Community College (PCC), commenced a new cohort program leading to a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Postsecondary Educational Leadership.

The program is designed to prepare individuals to serve in leadership roles in government, human resources, community colleges, universities, technical schools, the military, and adult schools in both national and international settings. Some of these roles include positions such as administrators, community college deans, and college directors. Students who pursue the master’s degree are prepared for effective management and leadership positions in changing multicultural societies and in varying organizational environments.

Students experience courses and learning experiences that are relevant and practical given the unique educational needs represented in their country. Related student research associated with the program is targeted to respond to critical leadership and human resource development issues facing each nation.