ERIC Number: ED339576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-11
Reference Count: N/A
The University's Responsibility to Rural Education--A Model. (A Unique Thing Happened on the Way to Reform).
Williams, David A.; And Others
This paper details the efforts of Northern Arizona University's Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) to improve teacher education in rural areas. Ten regional field sites were established over a 2-year period throughout the state of Arizona. From these regional sites, field coordinators administer classes in off-campus settings, advise students on degree programs, and oversee other CEE outreach projects. The following are examples of CEE partnerships: (1) Arizona Western College, a 2-year community college, offers upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in education; (2) students at the Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego (California) can earn doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership; (3) a Master's Degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education is offered on site in a 90% Hispanic school district; (4) lower division courses necessary for teacher certification are offered under agreements with six Arizona Community Colleges; (5) preparation for native teachers to teach in native schools are offered in cooperation with Navajo Community College (Arizona); (6) returning Peace Corps Volunteers teach in reservation schools while working toward certification; (7) model programs have been developed and implemented in two reservation schools through CEE; and (8) CEE supplies doctoral students or faculty as "administrators-on-loan" for districts who have found themselves without a chief administrative officer. In addition to helping improve rural education, CEE's off-campus programs have proved profitable for Northern Arizona University. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Arizona Univ Center Excellence in Educ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (83rd, Jackson, MS, October 10-14, 1991).