ERIC Number: ED306872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Individualized Education at Empire State College.
State Univ. of New York, Saratoga Springs. Empire State Coll.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Empire State College's alternative approaches to higher education are described in this report. The college is a nontraditional institution emphasizing the following innovative elements: (1) individualized education, carried out through learning contracts; (2) an open format for easy access, placing minimal constraints on time, place, residence and manner of learning; (3) a degree program developed by students in consultation with faculty; (4) a portfolio assessment process certifying prior college-level learning; (5) a flexible curriculum with a multidisciplinary focus; (6) continuing development of learning resources; and (7) a highly decentralized college organization relying on a unique mentor-student model. More than 180 studies of the college show that it is effective. The college currently has 333 faculty serving 6,400 students at 45 locations. A college brochure and master plan for 1988-1992 are appended. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Saratoga Springs. Empire State Coll.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.