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1 Dr. Neil Sparnon, Chief Academic Officer, JC:HEM www. jc-hem Dr. Neil Sparnon, Chief Academic Officer, JC:HEM
2 Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins Who are we?What do we do?How do we do it?Points for Discussion
3 Who are we? An initiative of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); Open to all!An independent organisation, with less than 10 staff globally.
4 What 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
5 What 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Kakuma, Dzaleka, Amman, Taunggyi, Mae Hon Song, Chad, Herat;1,085 students since 2010;715 completed, 199 active, 171 withdrawn;28% women;Students are from more than 20 different countries.
6 How 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.
7 The 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
8 Curriculum 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
9 Perspectives in Education 12 Project Management Educational Psychology ConcentrationsBusinessEducation11Global BusinessPerspectives in Education12Project ManagementEducational Psychology13Micro-FinanceCultural Competence in Education14MarketingIntroduction to Special Education15EntrepreneurshipTeaching EFL
10 Community 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.
11 Community 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.
12 Points 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.