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1 UI Wildland Fire Program Distance Education: Wildland Fire Courses Masters of Natural Resources Penny Morgan and Cheri Cole

2 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Our challenge: high demand More large fires, longer fire seasons, great expense, challenging management issues New federal educational requirements for GS-401 Fire professionals Many will retire in next few years Value training and education Many future fire professionals don’t have BS Demand for graduate degrees exceed capacity for MS

3 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho IFPM On-line courses Credit by examination On-campus courses Short courses and workshops Meeting GS-401 academic requirements Hybrid courses

4 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Courses and programs 10 courses in fire** Certificates** Minor in Fire Ecology, Managementand Technology BS in Fire Ecology and Management Master of Natural Resources** MS** and PhD ** Can be completed all or partly online

5 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho How We’ve Done It Grants Joint Fire Science Program Idaho State Board of Education Instructor/Advisor Course fees to sustain program Full-time coordinator position funded as an advisor to our new BS degree

6 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Master of Natural Resources Non-thesis, course-based Interdisciplinary; courses from 4 “bins” plus elective and colloquia courses Policy, Planning and Law Ecology and Management of Natural Resources Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Tools and Technology Can include up to 12 credits from elsewhere Can include grad-level certificates Fire Ecology and Management Restoration Ecology Certificate

7 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Our successes 18 distance courses Fire: >300 students in 37 states and 4 countries beyond US 3 online certificates Master of Natural Resources Program 40 graduate students, 4 on campus 28% of all Master’s students in CNR MNR as percent of all Masters students

8 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Ongoing challenges Funding Market: demand is inconsistent and hard to judge Getting field and hands-on experiences Team projects and presentations Great demand for both online and 500- level courses

9 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho For more information: MNR Cheri Cole mnr Wildland Fire Program Penny Morgan Chad Hoffman wildlandfirehttp://www.cnr.uidaho.edu/ wildlandfire

10 Wildland Fire Program at University of idaho Questions?


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