ERIC Number: ED367595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
A Three College Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program.
Wilson, Gail Goss; And Others
Three institutions of higher education in central Washington State designed a collaborative venture to meet the needs of placebound students working toward Bachelors degrees in early childhood education. Placebound students are defined as students who, because of time, work, and/or family commitments, are unable to enroll in college courses taught during traditional time periods on a typical college campus. The collaborative program was initiated when a state-supported four-year branch campus was proposed for a rural area underserved by state-supported institutions of higher education but served by a private, nonprofit college (Heritage College). The demography of the rural Yakima Valley; the demography of the institutions (Yakima Valley Community College, Central Washington University, and Heritage College); and the history and development of the collaborative program are described. Six major areas of concern are addressed, including: integration of curricula and academic calendars; faculty assignments; awarding of degrees and certification; application process; tuition differences; and financial aid. By sharing facilities, faculties, expertise, and programs, each institution has been able to deliver instruction to underserved students at a lower cost and over a larger geographical area. An appendix provides institutional profiles and course requirements. (JDD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Nontraditional Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Private Colleges, Program Development, Public Colleges, Rural Education, Shared Resources and Services, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Central Washington University; Heritage College WA; Washington (Central); Washington (Yakima); Yakima Valley Community College District 16 WA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 16-19, 1994).