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ERIC Number: EJ782578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Preparing CATE Leaders Online
Blank, Bill; Hernandez, Victor
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v83 n1 p28-30 Jan 2008
Like most institutions offering programs for career and technical educators, the University of South Florida (USAF) has experienced the impact of changes in the field. Thirty years ago there were undergraduate and graduate programs in career and technical education (CATE) at every university in the Florida state system involving more than 50 full-time faculty. Over the years, support for such programs dwindled, faculty ranks shrunk, and some programs even disappeared. Today, there are about 10 full-time faculty statewide operating programs at only four institutions. Since its inception in the late 1950s, USF (which now has 45,000 students on several campuses) has always had the largest career and technical program in Florida with as many as 12 full-time professors. Presently, there are three professors operating a master's degree and a doctoral program. Late in the 1990s, they came to terms with the reality of limited program resources and the fact that the pool of prospective students had changed. To remain viable and relevant, they needed to rethink their efforts. To maximize available faculty resources, USF closed undergraduate teacher education programs in industrial education, technology education and business education. Concurrently, efforts were refocused on retooling the institution's graduate programs and serving an emerging pool of practitioners interested in part-time graduate education and online coursework. With institutional support and funding from an innovation grant, Career and Workforce Education (CWE) professors at USF pioneered online education with both graduate programs being offered online. Student satisfaction has been overwhelming and the institution is using online technology to help develop the next generation of leaders in the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida