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ERIC Number: EJ907256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Cooperative Education in the Andean Countries: A Case Study of International Education Efforts
Cushman, Charles B., Jr.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v74 p121-131 Fall 2010
Since 2001, the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at The George Washington University (GW) has managed a cooperative education program with a network of nine respected universities in South America. This "governance and political management" program serves working professionals in the civil service, political party offices, advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations, labor unions, business leaders, and the press. GSPM faculty travel to the region to lead weekend workshops to educate these working professionals in the tools, skills, and strategic management of communication, organization, and advocacy--an education not otherwise available in the region. Over 7,000 students have graduated from the GSPM program since its launch. International programs advance GW's goal of being a global university, but they are difficult to design, launch, and maintain. GSPM's innovation was to create the program with a sponsor in the region and to provide faculty to teach in programs offered, administered, and accredited in the regional nations. This cooperative-education model allows GSPM to focus on the content of the courses while the sponsor funds the effort and regional partners administer the program. The GSPM program can be a useful model for creating a cooperative international program that meets an educational need, addresses the challenges of running such a program, and successfully launches a partnership to bring world-class coursework to an underserved audience. (Contains 2 tables and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South America