School of Continuing Education and Special Programs

2001-2002 Bulletin Information

Dean: Thomas L. Wells (460-6283) E-mail: twells@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Associate Dean: Ellwood B. Hannum (460-6283) 
E-mail: ehannum@jaguar1.usouthal.edu Fax: 460-7824

School of Continuing Education and Special Programs Web Site

The primary mission of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs is one of advocacy for the adult and non-traditional student in the Metro-Mobile area. This includes providing educational services to individual students as well as to institutional clients. Various formats exist by which the school delivers educational programs to meet its stated mission. Both non-credit and credit formats assist individuals and institutions in meeting their educational objectives.

The Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses provides non-credit courses, conferences and workshops, cultural offerings, lecture series, and special education services projects. Programs are designed to serve the needs of business and industry, help individuals lead more useful lives, challenge the active mind, employ leisure time more wisely, and develop better citizenship.

Non-credit course offerings have included courses in a number of areas; conversational languages, supervision and management, computer literacy and application, art, music, literature, secretarial skills, communication, photography and leisure activities.

Continuing Education Units are awarded to individuals attending non-credit courses and other non-credit activities. One CEU is awarded for each ten hours of class contact. Students may receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the course satisfactorily and may request a transcript which includes the non-credit courses, conferences, institutes and workshops they have satisfactorily completed plus the number of CEU’s earned for each non-credit activity.

The Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies offers the Adult Degree Program. This program is designed to give the adult student a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet the student’s needs and interests. The department also administers the Weekend College enabling adult students to take courses from the University’s regular curriculum in a weekend format.

Evening Studies and Weekend College offer persons who are employed during the day an opportunity to pursue their college education on a part-time basis without interfering with their employment. Adults enrolling in evening and weekend classes at the University are either (1) pursuing undergraduate and graduate degree programs; (2) taking credit courses without reference to a degree; or (3) enrolled in credit courses as an auditor.

Evening and weekend courses are the same as those offered during the day in content, quality, and quantity of work required. Degree students enrolling in evening and weekend classes meet the same academic requirements for course prerequisites and, upon completion of a degree program, receive the same degree as day students. Because of limited course offerings in some academic areas, evening students may find it necessary to enroll in day classes to complete part of their degree requirements.

The admission requirements for adult students are similar to those for traditional students. An application for admission to the University is required, as well as high school or other transcripts and credentials. (see admission section)

Adult students may enroll for evening credit classes which apply toward the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Education

Some credit courses meet one evening a week while others meet two evenings. Check the schedule of courses for specific information. Part-time evening students are advised to take no more than three courses each semester if they are employed on a full-time basis. If further information concerning evening credit courses is desired, individuals may contact the Admissions Office, or Dean’s Office of the college involved.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA BROOKLEY CENTER
Director: Pat Downing (431-6445)
Operations Manager: Jim Dykes (431-6430)
Business Manager: Donna R. McGinnis (431-6401)

The University of South Alabama Brookley Center is a 327-acre campus that includes conference, meeting, and training facilities, lodging, complete dining services including catered events and special functions, administrative offices, and residential housing units. The recreational activities provided are a swimming pool, jogging areas, and the 18-hole Gulf Pines Golf Course and Clubhouse. The Center offers special programs, seminars, conferences, workshops, and other educational and training programs. The Academic units housed on the USA Brookley Center include the Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses, the Department of Emergency Medical Services Training, the Center for Emergency Response Training, components of the College of Education, and educational leasing facilities. In any given year, the USA Brookley Center will serve between 25,000 and 40,000 people.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA BALDWIN COUNTY
Director: Phillip Norris (928-8133)
Assistant Director, Linda Garrett
Assistant Director, Cindy Wilson
Head of Informational and Library Services: Ann Taylor Blauer
Coordinator of Non-Credit Programs: Linda Garrett

The University of South Alabama Baldwin County (USABC) campus was created in August, 1984, to meet the upper-division, higher-education needs of one of the fastest growing and most diverse counties in Alabama. The campus is located in downtown Fairhope. The administration building is 10 North Summit Street and the classroom complex is at the corner of Summit Street and St. James Place.

Academic offerings are concentrated in liberal arts and business on the undergraduate level and in education on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Academic courses are taught by University of South Alabama faculty.

Courses are offered during the day and the evening in Fairhope. Most courses meet once a week.

USABC is committed to providing the same high-quality educational experiences in Baldwin County that are provided on the main campus of the University of South Alabama.

DEPARTMENT OF ADULT INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Chair: Joyce C. Woodruff (460-6263)
Professor: Wells
Associate Professor: Hannum
Assistant Professors: Lauderdale, Norris, Wilson, Woodruff
Academic Advisors: Fishman, Garrett (USABC)
Academic Counselor: Williamson
Homepage: www.southalabama.edu/ais

The Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies provides opportunities for adult students through three alternative educational programs: the Adult Degree Program, a flexible, individually designed interdisciplinary degree program; Weekend College, a coordinated effort to offer University courses during weekend hours; and media-assisted study, a series of courses developed to supplement the traditional curriculum.

ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM
Adult students frequently have unique goals, along with other primary life responsibilities, that necessitate a more flexible approach to the design of learning experiences, the scheduling of classes, and the formulation of a program of study. To meet these needs, the Adult Degree Program offers a major in Adult Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Students applying to the Adult Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see "Admission to the University"). In addition, applicants must be at least twenty-five years of age or fulfill the following definition of an adult learner: someone who has assumed major responsibilities and or commitments of adulthood (work, family, community), who is operating independently in society, and whose principal identity is other than that of a full-time student.

Each adult student’s individualized, interdisciplinary program of study is planned in consultation with an academic advisor. Students choose one of the following fields of study: Administrative Sciences, Liberal Studies, Applied Sciences, Applied Arts, Human Services, Community Services, or Professional Development. All programs of study must consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours, at least 21 of which must be earned after entering the Adult Degree Program.

The degree program begins with a required three semester hour foundation course, AIS 101: "Theories and Principles of Adult Learning" or AIS 301: "Adult Learning—Critical Reflections." General education requirements, which all students must satisfy, consist of 41 semester hours in the following areas:

Communication 6 hrs
Humanities/Fine Arts 12 hrs
Natural Sciences and Mathematics   (one course in mathematics required) 11 hrs
History, Social Sciences & Behavioral Sciences 12 hrs

In addition to the general requirements, each student must complete nine hours of general competencies and an individualized 54-hour field of study, with at least 27 hours from upper division courses. The field of study, designed in consultation with an academic advisor, must include at least three disciplines, each of which must be represented by a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 27 credit hours of appropriate course work, relevant supporting courses, and a senior project (see AIS 430 course description). The field of study forms part of the graduation plan, which all majors must submit to the AIS department for approval early in their senior year.

A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in all course work undertaken at the University of South Alabama and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in the field of study are required for graduation.

Students with a 3.5 overall GPA are encouraged to apply for AIS departmental honors at the beginning of their senior year. Contact the AIS department for honors requirements. 

WEEKEND COLLEGE
The University of South Alabama offers courses from its regular curriculum on the weekend. These courses are taught by University faculty, and are adapted to the weekend format to provide flexible scheduling options for nontraditional students. The Weekend College program is coordinated through the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies. The scheduling of classes is done by the appropriate departments and colleges.

MEDIA-ASSISTED COURSES
Media-assisted courses are coordinated thought the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies in cooperation with the various colleges/schools of the University of South Alabama. These courses are distinguished by innovative, interdisciplinary instructional design that integrates print materials, multimedia technology, and faculty participation. These courses provide additional alternatives for students at the University of South Alabama.

Descriptions of all Adult Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) courses

DEPARTMENT OF CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL COURSES

Chair: Martha M. Matherne (431-6411)
Program Directors: Sue Allison, Carolyn Dunnam, Patricia Miles, Virtie Bell
Marketing Specialist: Beth Anne McCormick

Serving as a community outreach arm of the University of South Alabama’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses provides a wide range of non-credit educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of both specialized organizations and individuals. Located at the USA Brookley campus, this department reaches numerous groups, including business and industry, health care providers, governmental agencies, and individuals seeking personal enrichment or career enhancement.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, AND CONFERENCES
Programs emphasize education and training for the working professional in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences, and in-house programs. University faculty as well as local and national experts from many fields actively participate in the development and instruction of these programs. Additionally, conferences focusing on specific topics of interest, such as alcohol and drug abuse, are offered annually.

Seminars and workshops are offered on an open-enrollment and an in-house (contract) basis. Open-enrollment programs are designed to meet the training and development needs of a variety of organizations. Program participants are drawn from throughout the region and the nation. In-house (contract) training programs are designed to meet the education and training needs of a specific organization. Services include needs assessment, course development and delivery of training. USA instructional resources travel throughout the country to deliver these programs at sites selected by the contacting organization. Topics include supervision, communication, management, computer software applications, technical writing and engineering applications.

SPECIAL COURSES
Special Courses are non-credit, short courses designed with the concept of lifelong learning in mind. Personal enrichment, career development, and general educational enhancement for individuals throughout the community are provided through diverse offerings. Most courses are held during evening or weekend hours once or twice a week for a period of four to eight weeks.

Topics offered include art, music, dance, health and fitness, languages, cooking, and other fields concerned with improving the quality of life. Several certificate programs are also offered for individuals seeking vocational development in areas such as data processing, paralegal, secretarial, accounting, medical office management, photography, and administrative careers. Academic examination review classes are also offered, including ACT and SAT reviews for high school students and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and LPC reviews for college graduates.

PROGRAMS FOR MATURE LEARNERS
Elderhostel is a national residential program designed for individuals over the age of 55. Participants’ length of stay is one week during which they take a variety of classes similar to those offered through Special Courses. Educational content is diverse and utilizes both USA faculty and local experts. USA is an Elderhostel super-site offering over 60 programs annually.

Odyssey USA is a self-managed study program for mature learners in the local community. It is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network, an organization formed in 1988 to encourage the lifelong learning movement at a national level. An Executive Board of elected members provides leadership for issues relating to curriculum development and the operation of the organization.

PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
The USA Camps Program has a dual purpose. It manages all camps sponsored by the University of South Alabama and facilitates all non-University camps utilizing USA’s facilities and services.

The University sponsors both academic and sports camps. The goal is to provide educational opportunities for the mental and physical development of young people. Throughout the year, computer, science, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and volleyball camps are conducted.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Department of Conference Activities and Special Courses facility at the USA Brookley Center houses a computer laboratory with 20 PC’s. The lab is used for workshops and short courses sponsored by the University. It is also available on a rental basis, to organizations conducting their own training.

Suitcase Studies combines the ease and enjoyment of group travel with a dynamic educational focus. Faculty escorts and local specialists share insights about the cultural, historical and geographic aspects of the destination.

DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Chair: Dorothy C. Mollise (460-7155)
Associate Professor: Mollise
Instructors: Bru, Matthews, Rowe
Academic Advisor: LaDora Howard

The Mission of the Developmental Studies Program (DS) is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the special needs of the people it serves, students with deficiencies in their preparation for collegiate study and other students in transition to the University. The courses and services offered to underprepared and transitional students, whether Developmental Studies or regular admission students, provide them with opportunities to strengthen the basic skills necessary for academic success; to explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities, programs, and services; and explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities, programs, and services; and to become active participants in the University community.
Students admitted to the University through the Developmental Studies Program (DSP) typically do not have the high school grades or ACT (or SAT) scores generally required for college admission but have shown a potential for academic success in an institution of higher education. Students admitted to Developmental Studies are required to complete Study Skills, Writing, and a mathematics sequence: Prealgebra, Elementary Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra. Each student’s first required mathematics course is determined by placement testing conducted during Orientation and at various times throughout the semester. Mathematics Placement Test dates and times are published in the Schedule of Classes. The mathematics courses have required labs in the program’s computer learning lab, a valuable resource for students.

All DSP courses include information on study techniques and general coping strategies necessary for college success. Classes are small and tutoring is provided. Acceptances to the program are limited. DSP courses are also open to students who are not admitted to the University through the Developmental Studies Program.

Credits earned in DS do not meet degree requirements within the University; however, credits earned do carry institutional credit and allow students to qualify for financial aid. Grades earned are computed into the overall GPA in most colleges and hours are counted toward classification (sophomore, etc.).

ADMISSIONS

Applicants should follow the general admission procedure including a request for consideration to the Developmental Studies Program.

PROMOTION AND COMPLETION POLICIES
Students admitted to the University by way of the Developmental Studies Program are required to complete Study Skills, Writing and a math sequence. The specific math courses required are determined by departmental placement testing conducted during Orientation and at various times throughout the semester. Placement test dates and times are published in the Schedule of Classes.

Student records remain in Developmental Studies for a minimum of two semesters. During this time, progress is closely monitored and evaluation by instructors and counselors is ongoing. Student records are released provided a satisfactory grade-point average has been maintained and all program requirements have been met. Approved academic courses applicable toward a degree are allowed while enrolled in the Developmental Studies Program.

All DS courses carry grades of A, B, C, and U with the exception of DS 094. Students must repeat any required DS courses in which a passing grade is not received. If a student receives two successive U’s in a DS course, he will thereafter be required to repeat the failed course as Directed Studies DS 094. Courses under DS 094 will be granted letter grades of A, B, C, or F. The course must be repeated until a satisfactory grade is received. In addition, students placed in DS 094 will be required to follow specific guidelines established by the Developmental Studies Program. Developmental Studies courses must be taken each semester until program requirements have been met.

Descriptions of all Developmental Studies (DS) courses

NEW STUDENT SEMINAR
The University’s ESSENCE Program provides freshman the opportunity to participate in activities designed to ease the transition to the University. One component of the program is CP 100, New Student Seminar. This course for first-time students assists with maximizing the student’s potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by college life.

CAREER PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Career Planning and Development is a university-wide program offered under the aegis of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. The career courses are open to all students for elective credits. There are no prerequisites for CP 250 and 450.

The Career Program is designed to achieve three objectives: (1) to provide occupational exposure to students who plan to enter medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine, (2) to assist students who are uncertain as to a career or a major, and (3) to assist students, especially those in the liberal arts, to launch their careers by obtaining suitable employment upon graduation, or to assist students to plan and develop their graduate or professional education.

CP 200, Clinical Observation, is designed to help students achieve the first objective by providing them with actual experience in these health care fields so that they may determine whether or not they are suited for the careers they have chosen.

CP 250, Career Planning and Development, is designed to help students achieve the second objective. Through the use of psychological testing and systematic self evaluation, as well as the study of occupations and occupational trends, students are aided in selecting a suitable career.

CP 450, The Job Campaign, is designed to help students achieve the third objective. In this course, emphasis is placed on developing strategies for obtaining suitable positions and making career choices based on decision theory.

Descriptions of Career Planning (CP) courses

UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
The University Writing Center, located in Alpha Hall East, provides assistance in writing to any student enrolled in classes on any of the University’s campuses. Students work with writing consultants one-on-one in a relaxed, informal setting to improve their writing skills. The consulting schedule varies slightly from semester to semester, but information may be obtained by calling (251)460-6480.

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES TRAINING

Chair: David W. Burns, M.P.H. (431-6418)
Program Director: Ed Carlson, M.Ed.
Medical Director: Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D.
Instructors: Burns, Carlson, Parker, Vinson, Garmon, Erwin, Faggard, Redfearn

The Department of Emergency Medical Services Training offers a certificate program requiring one semester to complete the EMT Basic course and two semesters each to complete the EMT Intermediate and Paramedic course requirements. Students may elect to complete only the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level. After completion of each level, the student is eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s Examination. Successful completion of this examination is mandatory for licensure to practice, at any level of EMT, in the State of Alabama. Those who complete all three levels of training are qualified to work in any area of out of hospital emergency medical care and, in some areas, are welcome additions to hospital staffs.

Students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in Emergency Medical Services may do so through a cooperative arrangement between the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Emergency Medical Services Training. Students interested in a Bachelor’s degree should consult a representative from the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies.

The department’s Paramedic Program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the EMT/ Paramedic.

ADMISSIONS
Criteria for general admission of EMT Basic students to the University are the same as those for all students.

PROGRESSION AND COMPLETION POLICIES
To progress, a minimum grade of 80% must be maintained. Only those students maintaining a grade of 80%, obtaining a passing grade on the final written exam, and successfully completing final practical exams will be eligible to sit for State licensing examinations. The State of Alabama mandates the National Registry Examination at all three levels of EMT practice.

Each student must be state licensed before beginning the clinical internship at either the EMT Intermediate or Paramedic level.

CLASS AND CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS
Attendance is mandatory. Those students who have conflicts regarding attendance will be asked to transfer to programs more suited to their schedules.

EXPENSES
Students enrolled in the EMT or Paramedic Program must maintain current Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification and must keep all immunizations current. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accident, etc., while the student is engaged in learning experiences required by the department of EMS Training. All students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. All students are responsible for all travel expenses to clinical sites. Students are responsible for purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies.


CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION

Students unable to complete satisfactorily the final practical examinations on the second attempt will be required to retake the skills laboratory and the final practical examination during a subsequent semester.

Students will be allowed to repeat a course only one time.

In all courses, written assignments are required for course completion. These written assignments will not be accepted after due date and time.

All other criteria for progression will be listed in each course syllabus and will be mandatory.

CURRICULUM
The basis for the curriculum is the 6 Division DOT National Standard Paramedic Curriculum and the 110 hour National Standard Curriculum for the EMT-Basic.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

First Semester Second Semester
      
EMT 200 EMT 210
EMT 205 EMT 320
EMT 206 EMT 330
*EMT 215
         
Third Semester Fourth Semester
EMT 360 EMT 435
EMT 370 EMT 445
       
Fifth Semester      
EMT 460
EMT 470

*Pre or corequisite for EMT 320. Licensed EMT Intermediates who transfer from other colleges - prerequisite to EMT 400 level courses.

Descriptions of Emergency Medical Training (EMT) courses

THE CENTER FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
Director: David W. Burns, MPH
Program Coordinator: Maxwell
Instructors: Maxwell, Thornton, Crawford, Christian, Norton

The University of South Alabama’s Center for Emergency Response Training (CERT) serves industry, government and other agencies with state-of-the-art instruction in the handling of hazardous materials and emergency spills. Much of the training is mandated by federal and state laws and CERT’s programs follow the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, among others.

As part of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, the Center’s staff works directly with industry and other emergency response groups to customize the training to their specific work place hazards, through academic classroom instruction and practical "hands-on" scenarios.

Overlooking historic Mobile Bay at USA Brookley, the CERT lab has an impressive array of "real-world" training devices, including actual rail cars, industry props as well as transportation and confined space mock-ups. One of the best training fields in their area, it provides an ideal environment for intensive scenario training, allowing CERT instructors to expose students to seemingly real hazardous material situations. While challenging, students often note the "hand-on" portion of the programs as a highlight of their course work.

CERT graduates receive certificates of completion and continuing education units for their participation. Upon request, CERT will attempt to register C.E.U.s with specific groups and organizations. The State of Alabama Emergency Medical Services Division, along with other state agencies, has approved CERT’s program for elective continuing education units.

Below are CERT’s main course offerings. However, the Center’s staff is always glad to develop new curricula and deliver training tailored to a client’s individual needs.

HAZMAT OPERATIONS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (HASWOPER) - TECHNICAL LEVEL (40 HOURS)
Designed for those who must take aggressive measures to stop the leak of the hazardous material or for those who must participate in activities at hazardous waste sites. Complies with OSHA’s standard 20 CFR 1910.120.

TECHNICAL RESCUE: AWARENESS (8 HOURS)
Designed for those first on the scene who may be involved in a technical rescue, to include EMS personnel, law enforcement, fire fighters, and security guards. Follows NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue.

CONFINED SPACE RESCUE
LEVEL I (24 HOURS)
LEVEL II (40 HOURS)

Presenting escalating levels of difficulty, CERT’s confined space rescue courses begin with a thorough review of atmospheric monitoring, operational procedures and rescue protocols. Students progress to work with ropes, harnesses and other specialized equipment. Complies with OSHA’s confined space rescue standard 29 CFR 1910.146, and follows the guidelines set forth in NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue. (Note: Level I training is a prerequisite for Level II.)

OTHER COURSES

CERT offers other courses as needed, many designed to meet the distinct training requirements of individual clients.

Examples:
High Angle Rescue
Treatment, Storage and Disposal Operations (TSD)
Incident Command Safety Officer
Chemistry for the Non-Chemist
Incipient Fire Training
Annual HAZWOPER Refreshers
OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Courses for
General Industry
Emergency Response to Terrorism

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Director: Frank Daugherty 
Coordinator (460-7185); Fax: (460-7201)
Instructors: Basque, Daugherty

The English Language Center provides intensive English-language instruction to individuals whose native language is not English. Matriculation in these courses is limited to international students of the University, to students of the English Language Center and to any resident internationals who wish to take one or more courses on an audit basis as students through the Continuing Education office of the University.

A variety of courses is offered each semester. ESL courses MAY NOT be substituted for EH 101 or 102 requirements. All required ESL courses must be completed BEFORE the student may register for EH 101 or 102. Credits earned in the English Language Center will not be acceptable toward meeting degree requirements within the University. However, ESL courses may be counted as part of the 12-hour course load required of F-1 students and may be taken as electives by students wishing to improve their proficiency in English. The Center administers the Institutional TOEFL exam each semester.

Descriptions of all English as a Second Language (ESL) courses

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENT
Director: Dr. Robert J. Fornaro (460-7053)
    Fax: (460-6228)
    E-mail: intprog@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
Program Coordinator: Ana C. Burgamy
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/intlprograms

International Programs and Development Office, an administrative unit of Academic Affairs and the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, is responsible for the coordination and oversight of University international activity, e.g., academic programs and projects beyond U.S. territorial limits involving University faculty, students or staff. All existing or proposed international programs, exchanges, contracts and grants are reviewed and registered with the Office of International Programs. The director chairs the University International Affairs Committee, whose members are appointed by the President of the University and charged with disseminating information, guiding policy and planning. In addition, the Director of International Programs works directly with University deans, division heads and directors responsible for curriculum and faculty development.

The Office of International Programs and Development administers University Programs Abroad in Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Russia and Mexico.

The resources of the Office of International Programs and Development are available to local governmental and community organizations that foster international cooperation and understanding.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Director: Allan McPeak, Ph.D.

The Cooperative Education Program enables students to combine classroom studies and paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations. Undergraduate students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have: completed 12 credit hours; attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above; at least three semesters remaining before graduation and are full-time students upon commencement of participation in the program. Graduate students may apply to enter the Career Experience Opportunities Program after they are accepted into a graduate program.

Option 1: Parallel Cooperative Education: Students work part-time, usually 15 to 20 hours per week, while attending classes for a minimum of 12 academic credit hours per semester throughout the calendar year.

Option 2: Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation. The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis.

Prerequisites for participation in the Cooperative Education Program include attending the Employability Skills Seminar offered continuously by Career Services and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program. To remain in the program, students must maintain good academic standing, a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above, and comply with the policies and procedures of the employer and the Cooperative Education Program.

Option 3: Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows the student to gain valuable engineering experience as he or she pursues his or her degree. The freshman year is spent as a full time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years the student alternates working full time with an excellent salary for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. The student returns to school full time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages for the student. Interested students should consult with either Career Services or the College of Engineering.

Descriptions of all Cooperative Education (COE) courses

 

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