ERIC Number: ED258941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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The Three Mile Chasm: An Account of How a College of Education Dramatically Increased its Graduate Enrollment.
Wu, P. C.
In 1982 the University of West Florida (UWF) transferred control of one of its off-campus center locations to a sister institution. The loss of the center reduced UWF College of Education enrollment by 194 students. A two-year effort in developing the graduate school at the site resulted in an increase of 195 students enrolled in graduate-level classes. The program developed required close collaboration between the University and the local school district superintendents and their staffs. The major components of the new program were: (1) all classes would be delivered "on site" in the district rather than on the main campus; (2) the programs would run in cycles having a definite beginning and ending date, thus ensuring that the program would run to completion; (3) an advisor would be assigned to each student providing a direct link to the University; (4) an accelerated schedule would be developed to accommodate students, the majority being public school teachers and administrators who work during the day; and (5) three broad areas would be offered, providing masters degrees in elementary education, curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership. A discussion is presented on the difficulties faced and solved in the implementation of such a program. (JD)
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