2017 – Ed.M. in Adult and Higher Education

2017 – Ed.M. in Adult and Higher Education

October 20, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hello everyone and welcome to Oregon State University’s webinar on the Master of Education degree program in Adult and Higher Education. I’m Dan Miles with Oregon State Ecampus and I’m joined today by Dr. Shelley Dubkin-Lee, who is our program coordinator for the Adult and Higher Education with the College of Education and Dr. Gloria Crisp, an associate professor with the College of Education who also works with the Adult and Higher Education program. Here’s a quick look at what we’re going to cover today. We’re going to provide some information about Oregon State University and Ecampus. Then we’ll dive deep into the program
and we’ll provide information on the curriculum, tuition, financial aid information and how to apply. We will spend about 15 or 20 minutes on this
and then we will open it up to whatever questions you may have. Please feel free to ask your questions at
any time during this presentation and we will address them all at the end. If your questions are more relative to your
situation and more personal in nature go ahead and enter them anyway as we will follow up
with you via email. Closed captions is available at the address
listed below and you can also get a quick link to the URL for closed captions in the
handout section. So it looks like there are about eight people
on board with us today and we have a plan, but we are interested in what you are most
interested in. I will launch a quick poll in just take a
few seconds here for you to tell us what you came here for today and what is the best interest
today as this will help inform us and guide us and how much time we allocate to the different
public areas. We will spend a few more minutes here and
then I will share those poll results with you. Just a few more seconds. We will give it five more seconds. I will share these results. It looks like most of you know what you can
do with this degree. Shelley and Gloria will address that and,
of course, nuts and bolts of the program and how to apply. We will keep that in mind and we will keep
the other information to a minimum. So here is a little bit of information about
Oregon State University it is the leading public research located in Corvallis, Oregon
and we are down the I5 corridor about 60 or 70 miles and we are accredited with colleges
and universities. We have more than 30,000 students including
the campus students and students that are on the Cascade campus in Bend, Oregon and those
that are with the Marine Science Center on the coast in Newport, Oregon. Here is information about the Oregon State
Ecampus and you need to remember that all online students are Oregon State University students
and are treated as such. You get the same services and all of our courses
and programs are developed and taught by Oregon State University faculty and staff and your
degree and your transcripts say Oregon State University and there is no online or Ecampus
distinction. This is good information to know and that’s a little
bit about Oregon State University and Ecampus. I will pass it over to Gloria and she will
share information with us about the college of education. Thanks Dan. Hello everybody. We have four disciplines, adult and higher ed., counselor education science, math, cultural and linguistic diversity education and currently we have 900 students enrolled in 15 programs across the state the state in Corvallis, as well as Bend, Wilsonville, Salem and a couple of other locations. Some programs are solely on campus and some are hybrid as what we will talk with you about this and some are fully online. You will see my colleague Dr. Lucy Arrellano and a little
bit about the mission of the college is focused on innovation and social justice. While you are all here you will get information
about our program. I will start off with an overview and then pass
it over to Shelley. Oregon State’s master program in adult and higher education, we are here to prepare students for careers in training and structural design. Shelley
can provide details about career options as some of you are interested in that. The program is two years designed for working
professionals who are looking for a hybrid program and the flexibility of not having
to be on campus all of the time, but you still get that personal experience and face to face
contact and support from fulltime faculty. In our programs, students gain applied skills and knowledge relative to designing, administering, and assessing training programs and a variety of instructural formats including online programming. We offer flexible internship, experiences
to develop training skills through realworld experiences that is important to students
experience. We are proud of our program graduates employed
at a variety of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and colleges in and around the state. Some of our alumni are employed at Nike, Portland,
General Electric, American Red Cross, a diversity of community colleges and different universities
in the state as well as Washington. I will turn it over to Shelley to tell you
more specifics about the program.>>: Okay, sorry about that as I was having
a little technical glitch. I will tell you a little bit about the program
design and, as Gloria mentioned, it is a cohort model and we believe that our students have
told us this is one of the major strengths of our program as people working together
in a cohort model. They have the opportunity to learn together,
they share the experiences they have in class and online and share insight. They work with our faculty, sharing scholarly experience and develop long term relationships and a lot of networking opportunities. I’m on Facebook as probably many of you are and I still see students who are still on Facebook together who graduated 6, 7, 8 years ago. They’re still helping each other and letting them know about vacancies in their own area of business or wherever they’re working and also encouraging each other in their lives. The program is be structured so that again they meet in Wilsonville, near Portland and is very convenient off of I5 freeway in Wilsonville. We meet three times during the term and you can see on this slide the fall, winter, spring and summer terms for next year’s cohort and we meet on a Friday. This is an afternoon and early evening and
then during that time in between meetings they have online assignments and discussions
and preparation for presentations with the classmates and the instructors. Our instructors are very responsive in our online classes. Our program has laid out so that each course
builds on the next course and we did this in a very thoughtful way as we designed this program so that students would see a sequencing of courses that led to their final Capstone project. We have nine core courses and internship credits
that each student is responsible to obtain during the two years of their program and their final Capstone project. You can see that our core courses start with
the adult learning and development and we will skip over the next one to talk about
needs assessment and research, then we will take the instruction of design and all online
course, an organization and systems and theories, instructural strategies for adult learners, ethical and professional issues, program evaluation and leadership development and human relations. Then we go back to structural technology
there are four one credit courses that are all online that happen in the first year during
each term including the summer. These build on each other. We start with the theoretical framework in our adult learning and development course and we begin to think about how you know if an organization needs training or something else or some other intervention. We also began to take a look at reading and understanding research and how it’s viewed. When you decide a course is necessary and
you actually learn how to design courses for a variety of forms and formats and training
and education for adults. We have this online organizations and systems theory
where we begin to see how training and development fit into an organization and how different
ways this organization operates. In our instructional strategies course you take what
you learn so far and you think about it when you need a course and you realize that you
do and you designed the course and now you are going to learn how to deliver them and
what are the strategies that we use to deliver information and training and education
to adult learners. In fall of the second year you take ethical and professional issues, which encompasses a lot of things around what the profession is of educating adults and what are some of the ethical issues you might encounter You then, as you design this program over
the course or the class or the workshop or whatever you come up with in your instructural design course, you will learn how to evaluate the course or program and how to decide whether,it was effective,
wehther people got what they were supposed to get and what you might do to improve it and
then move on from there. In your final term, leadership development and human relations, it talks about how we’re all leaders from wherever we stand in the organization and how we use our leadership qualities to our best advantage of the organization that we find ourselves in. The second year we start in the fall term
with a Capstone program beginning to put all of this together in a research project that
really takes everything that we have learned over the course of the first year and put
this into the form of writing it as a research paper. The internship credits, 5 credits, each credit equals
approximately 30 hours and you are responsible for 150 hours over two years of the program. It
sounds like a lot, but every student so far has been able to manage to get that done and most of
our students are fulltime working individuals, often with families and other obligations, and they all seem to be able to manage their internship and it is flexible. How you manage that each term will be up to
each individual that they work out. It is your individual interests and our program
is designed so your individual interests are the focus of the work that you do. All the assignments are based on your interests
and for the organization and working for something that the goals that you have for a profession
that you want to find yourself. The internship goes with your professional
goals and in a way that we hope you will try new things. We think, I want to try that and have never
done that, and we encourage you to do that during your internship. The research projects, and again, as I stated
is related to everything you have done throughout the program and this is the four credits total. Our slides are going back and forth and I
will try to keep up. The Capstone project, as I said is a research
project and there will be an instructor working with you to develop a project throughout the
second year of the program and it is four credits. Gloria, I think you are up.>>: To be eligible for the program you need
to go to the OSU graduate school and you need to have completed a bachelor’s degree with
a GPA of 3.0 or better and as you move through the process there is a phone interview with
faculty to get to know you and to learn more about your interest in the program. DAN: Thanks Gloria>>:Here is some information on tuition and
one of the questions we must commonly get from perspective students whether they are graduate
or undergraduate. What is the degree program going to cost? To help you with that, we have a really cool
solutions calculator on our Ecampus website in the There’s a link here in the right upperhand corner and we will provide that link in our resources handout. Basically, 2016 and 2017 fiscal year the campus
graduate tuition is $521 per credit so an average of four credit course will cost $2,084. We do anticipate a tuition increase in
the next year or so, but that is our current rate at this moment in time. It is good to know that as an Ecampus student
you pay the exact same tuition whether you are an Oregon resident or out of state
or out of the country. You can also expect additional expenses like
fees and textbook. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee to get the application in the system and everyone has to pay a matriculation fee of $350 that applies to both graduate, undergraduate students whether online or on campus. That is a quick look at some of the costs you
can anticipate and we recommend you take a look at the tuition calculator. Here is some information on federal aid if
you are interested. All students that meet federal criteria are
eligible for some form of financial aid and you can get that process started and you must first complete a FAFSA and you have to be a degree seeking student and be enrolled at least part time and I think everyone in this program should fall within that criteria. To get started there is a website listed below
with the studentaid.ed.gov to get a complete list of the eligibility criteria and to get
your FAFSA started. That is a little bit about tuition costs and
financial aid and I will pass it back to Gloria who will share with us more about the application process if you’re ready to take the next step>>: Great! Thanks, Dan. When you’re ready to apply, you will be asked to submit your academic transcripts and updated resume, a writing sample and three letters of recommendation. We don’t require GRE scores for admission. For the writing sample we are looking for
a short three to five page personal and professional narrative. We are looking for us to talk about the
learning experiences you have had contributed to your professional development to date and how it relates to the program and what you’ll learn in the program. That narrative we are also looking for you to describe
how specifically graduate study will advance your personal and professional goals. For the letters of recommendation, you will be asked
to provide names and email addresses of three individuals willing to provide letters
of reference on your behalf. These references can iclude your current
or prior supervisors and or faculty from your undergraduate program who can speak to your
potential as a graduate student. The priority deadline this year has just passed, however we are still accepting applications and have room for a few well qualified students who we feel will be a
good fit for the program. We look forward to receiving your application. I will now pass it back to Dan now.>>: Thank you Gloria. That now concludes the information session our webinar session. We will open up to questions and we do have one question so that’s more personal nature so we will do that one following the webinar in the next few days. While we’re waiting, I have these resources
about the straight and, again, and the handout section you can download the PDF with the
link you don’t have to write anything down and you can click on the link to get to these resources. Shelley, or Gloria, well, one thing people
want to know is what careers can you get with this degree? Can either one of you speak a little more
about the career possibilities and what do people do with this degree?>>: It is a wide variety. Currently things that come to me is
we have someone working at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland in the education department. We have a graduate who is working in the prisons
teaching writing courses to adults and we have a variety of people in the community colleges from human resources, student orientation and as I said, developmental education. People
and universities, the same human resources and we have, and also the student orientation programs, advising. Someone at the educational services districts who does benefits education and we have people at some of the utilities companies doing
online training and on board training and skills kind of training. We have at least one or several graduates
in private consulting business doing design for a variety of organizations and somebody
who is working with students in a nursing program who wanted to enhance her teaching
skills and she got her degree in our program. It is a real variety of people and the kind
of work that they are doing. I did want to say something about the 3.0
GPA as many students are adults who have been out of school many years and have been in
the working world and now they want to enhance their resume and their skills and learn more
about how to do this in a variety of settings, but back when they were in school they did
not have a 3.0 grade average and they got their bachelor�s degree and there are some
ways in which students with a grade point average lower than 3.0 can be admitted. If their grade point average is 2.5 or higher
we make that decision as a program and replace it on your written writing sample that you
submit and we base it on the interview with you and your application and your references. Under 2.75, at 2.7 for the graduates will
make that decision and if we fail you are a good fit at the program will be enhanced
by your involvement then we think the program is a good fit for your goals then we intervene
and we write, try to think of the work. We let them know it would be a good decision
to let you join the program. We have not actually lost anyone yet and I
encourage you if you have lower than 3.0 and still give me a call or send an email and
we can talk. This actually ties to another question here. This first one is what is the acceptance rate of this program for applicants and are you turning away a lot of highly qualified applicants or how competitive is it? We have capacity
for 15 to 20 students and we want to make sure the students we admit are a good fit. I have had people teach history at the community
college or math at the committee college and this is not a good degree for that because
the community college requires a minimum of 27 or Oregon prefers 27 to 29 graduate credits in the content area More of them are actually requiring a masters degree in the content area. The degree in adult ed., while it would be great to have to teach at the community college, that alone will not be a good fit and that is our main focus
in terms of admission to the program. If that is not the answer and if that is not
what they wanted to know it please let me know.>>: Can you talk about the technical skills
that students will learn and the program? We have a student involved in corporate learning
and training and they wanted to know if this is good for that or if there is another program at Oregon State that is more focused on training>>: Our program is focused on training and education for adults. The environment is sort of irrelevant and when I say that I don’t say that flippantly. Once you learn how to find out what is needed is training and education then once you decide it is you learn to develop a course that will
fill that need and then you learn how to deliver that. You learn how to evaluate how the program
went and to create an iteration of that once you have improved it. We also have our online skills that our students
learn and how to develop on line delivery systems for what you are learning in other
classes. This is an overlay on almost any organization. We have people like Nike, Intel, others from
other major corporations and big universities, community colleges as well as small private
corporations. There have been people from smaller corporations
and nonprofits and hospitals so it is a very flexible program in terms of where you can
take what you have learned and so I think corporate training is an applicable area.>>: Excellent. It looks like all of our questions have been submitted so far. Shelley, are there any other questions that you
hear frequently from students that you may want to share with this group?>>: Not necessarily questions, but people’s concerns
and as I said earlier, most of the people in our program are working adults and some have families
and other obligations and they are concerned about coming back to school and wondering
how they can do this. Once they show for their first day they are
a little nervous. That is the beauty of the way the program
operates as there is a lot of support for students. It is throughout the whole two years of the
program as they support each other and the cohort model provides support and the instructors
and teaching faculty are wonderful in terms of helping people succeed. Our goal in the program is to help people
succeed. We are not a weeding program. We’re a helping people succeed program. So really that’s our commitment. to the students who join us.>>: We have one last question that came in
late. This may not be relative to this program, but as in an Ecampus student, can you take on campus class if you want to? This program is not on campus, but
if you want to elaborate on that.>>: Our program is very structured partly
because we are working with people out in the working world. They don’t live on campus or don’t often live
near campus and it is very structured. You take classes in the sequence in which
we designed them and they are taking the same classes at the same time in the same
way so most of the students don’t really want to have to come to campus and take classes. Now, having said that, we certainly don’t
preclude or forbid anyone from taking classes on campus. You’re certainly welcome to take any classes you are interested in and those you count toward your – it would not count toward the program. It would count toward your life enrichment
and your academic, whatever you are interested in so you can take courses on campus, but
that is not part of what this program is designed to do.>>: Thank you. I believe that wraps up the questions that
have been submitted. Shelley’s contact email address is here if
you would like to arrange a meeting with Shelley or if you have any other additional questions Thank you Shelley and Gloria for providing
this information this evening and thank you to all of you who invested the time in attending this webinar. Good luck in your educational
endeavors and have a great evening.