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1Dr. Neil Sparnon, Chief Academic Officer, JC:HEM www. jc-hem Dr. Neil Sparnon, Chief Academic Officer, JC:HEM
2Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Who are we?What do we do?How do we do it?Points for Discussion
3Who are we? An initiative of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Open to all!An independent organisation, with less than 10 staff globally.
4What do we do?Offer high quality higher education, free at the point of delivery, to those at the margins;(those who have limited access to, or under-served by, higher education);Two awards:Diploma in Liberal StudiesCommunity Service Learning Tracks
5What do we do? Seven current sites: 1,085 students since 2010; Kakuma, Dzaleka, Amman, Taunggyi, Mae Hon Song, Chad, Herat;1,085 students since 2010;715 completed, 199 active, 171 withdrawn;28% women;Students are from more than 20 different countries.
6How do we do it? Facilitate a Partnership: Institutions – e.g. Regis: accreditation, courses, faculty;Site-based partners – e.g. Jesuit Refugee Service: on-site support and infrastructure and facilities;Donating organisations – e.g. Wiley Publishing: networks, technology, infrastructure, textbooks, funding etc.Individual Faculty – to teach and design courses.
7The Diploma in Liberal studies 15 courses, delivered on-line over 3 years;Awarded and accredited by Regis University;Courses from:Existing courses adapted for cultural context
8Curriculum Structure Core Courses Bridge to Learning (zero credit) 1 Bridge to Learning (zero credit)1Adult Learning2Interpersonal Communication3Logic and Critical Thinking4General Psychology5Leadership Theory6Person and Conduct7Intercultural Communication8Political Science9World Religions10Introduction to Business
9Perspectives in Education 12 Project Management Educational Psychology ConcentrationsBusinessEducation11Global BusinessPerspectives in Education12Project ManagementEducational Psychology13Micro-FinanceCultural Competence in Education14MarketingIntroduction to Special Education15EntrepreneurshipTeaching EFL
10Community Service Learning Tracks Community Health Provider (French & English);Train the Trainer (ESL);Special Needs;Business and Entrepreneurship (French and English (2x));Community Development and Organization (English(3x), French, and women only);Performing Arts;Community Counseling;Child Protection and Participation;Psychosocial Case Management (2x);English as a Foreign Language (different levels);Community Communications.
11Community Service Learning Tracks 16 weeks long;Class sizes between 15-25;Subjects address areas of particular need in the community;Delivered locally (face to face) but the curriculum is developed in collaboration with on-line international faculty;Excellent orientation to learning – many subsequently apply successfully to the Diploma;Genuine impact in the community;A key component in terms of scalability.
12Points for DiscussionIt’s about partnership – you can’t do everything;It’s not rocket surgery - The technology and networks to do this are available;The main issues are academic – faculty, course donation relevance etc;On-site support is critical to success;Innovation needs a business plan.