June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Enhancing Specialized Course OfferingsAcademic institutions throughout the world face budgetary constraints due to downturn in theeconomy. In the US, most state funding for higher education was reduced considerably.Although Recovery Act funds were awarded to ameliorate the effect of these budgetaryreductions, this funding expires in 2011. To balance higher education budgets, a strategy adoptedby many universities is to increase the minimum student enrolment required for a class to beoffered. While the new minimum enrolment numbers aid in reducing operating costs and assistswith balancing the budget, they may negatively impact a student’s education opportunitiesbecause senior level specialized courses will be cancelled due to minimum class enrollmentrequirements or will only be offered sporadically.This paper describes how utilization of existing academic cooperation nationally andinternationally and use of technology could allow universities to offer such courses whilereducing operating expense. Many institutions have built extensive partnerships for student andfaculty exchanges or research collaborations which now could be utilized to jointly offer thesespecialized courses. The joint course offering would allow the expert professor the opportunity toteach the course while ensuring the enrolment quotas are met. The paper details how such joint-courses could be organized when the cooperating institutions are located in different states orcountries. Experience shows, that such courses provide for a more diverse course both in contentand in student body, and are appreciated by the students. The methods outlined in the paper, suchas teleconferencing and ‘visiting’ courses, not only allow for continuing the offering of thespecialized courses but also allow the campus to offer preeminent educational opportunity forstudents regardless of the economic conditions.
Balogh, Z., & Pozzi, R., & Balogh, J., & Ivanyi, P., & Gutkowski, R. M. (2011, June), Enhancing Specialized Course Offerings Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17901
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