ERIC Number: ED306856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
University College, Memphis State University.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Memphis State Univ., TN.
This report presents a description of University College, Memphis State University (MSU). Created in 1975, this small, nontraditional college has prospered in the context of a large, state, urban university. It offers nontraditional students a way to create and finish individualized and interdisciplinary degree programs. Faculty can develop new courses, teach others in nontraditional modes, participate in the administration, and improve themselves as advisors. Since 1976, University College has graduated about 500 students and has 650 currently accepted or in screening. Its annual budget has grown from $100,000 to $510,000. The professional/directorial staff has increased from two to five, and the clerical staff has increased six-fold. It has become an integral part of MSU, with 75 faculty members from 23 departments having served on its faculty council, and nearly 300 MSU faculty having served on student contract/advising committees. It is concluded that adults and other nontraditional students will seek out this quality college. Employers and graduate schools will find graduates of such career related and academic degree programs very attractive. The success of such a unit depends on its ability to respond to programmatic requests with great flexibility, and its ability to give away its most successful programs to units with full-time faculty. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, College Students, Continuing Education, Extension Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Open Universities, Program Descriptions, State Colleges, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Memphis State Univ., TN.