Portland State University

Flexible Degrees RFP

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In Fall 2014, the PSU Flexible Degrees RFP requested faculty proposals to develop academic programs that make effective use of technology to offer flexible, high quality and affordable education for undergraduate students who have attended college without receiving college credentials and graduate students who seek new opportunities.

Funded Proposals

#5 Training 21st Century Spatial Literacy and Information Technology Workforce through Geography and GIS (0 comments)

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By leveraging the geography department’s existing undergraduate programs and the graduate GIS certificate program, we propose to develop online geography major and minor programs and a new undergraduate (pre-baccalaureate) GIS certificate program. Students who completed the undergraduate GIS certificate will be able to enter entry-level GIS workforce immediately. PSU’s existing geography major program, which include training in geospatial technologies, offers a robust curriculum focused on high level of spatial thinking and reasoning for spatial decision-making ...

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Lead: Geoffrey Duh

Collaborators: David Banis, Heejun Chang, Brittany Crow-Miller, Darrell Fuhriman, Daniel Karnes, Martin Lafrenz, Hunter Shobe, Martin Swobodzinski

Academic Home:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Geography

#10 Bachelors in Urban and Public Affairs (0 comments)

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The Bachelor in Urban and Public Affairs is designed to be a college-wide, interdisciplinary degree completion program focused on the preparation of students for active participation in urban and public affairs. This new program is offered collaboratively by the academic units in the College of Urban and Public Affairs and targeted to those who have completed a substantial portion of their undergraduate requirements and who may have geographic or time restrictions that make it difficult ...

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Lead: Kevin Kecskes

Collaborators: Sy Adler, Richard Clucas, Kris Henning, Richard White, Belinda Zeidler

Academic Home:
College of Urban and Public Affairs
Other

#14 UNST/Minor Pathways (0 comments)

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PSU students pursuing flexible degrees will need flexible general education options.  University Studies (UNST), PSU’s general education program, proposes to continue work started in the UNST Online Pathways project (Provost’s Challenge #63) and create new options for students by partnering with selected minors to create integrated online UNST/Minor pathways.  Aligning Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ), Upper Division Cluster, and Capstone courses with minors provides students clear pathways through the University Studies curriculum and adds ...

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Lead: Rowanna Carpenter

Collaborators: Ben Anderson-Nathe, Seanna Kerrigan, Joseph Maser, Sally McWilliams, Vicki Reitenauer, John Rueter, Michael Taylor

Academic Home:
University Studies
Other

#17 A fully online Minor in Sustainability: condensed curriculum targeted at preparing students for employment in a growing sector (0 comments)

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This project will launch a fully-online (100%) Sustainability Minor (MSUS).  This version of the minor will select courses that are highly complementary and identify sections of capstone/internships/special project courses that deal with sustainability.

We have been coordinating this proposal with Rowanna Carpenter and the UNST/Minors Pathway project.

There are eight courses required for the minor:

  • ESM 150 Orientation to Environmental Science
  • ESM 222: Applied Environmental Studies: Policy Considerations
  • UNST 224 Sustainability ...
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Lead: John Rueter

Collaborators: Rowanna Carpenter, Joseph Maser

Academic Home:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Environmental Sciences and Management

#19 Flexible Degree Program in Sociology (0 comments)

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The goal of this project is to convert existing required sociology courses to hybrid formats to provide our students with a flexible path to a high-quality undergraduate degree in sociology.

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Lead: Matthew Carlson

Collaborators: Carol Holdt

Academic Home:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology

#20 Start-to-Finish Online Bachelor's Degree in Business (0 comments)

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Overview

The SBA fully online BA/BSc degree program offers students with junior standing the opportunity to complete their business degree in three years on a part-time basis.   This degree engages potential students through the online program that would not otherwise attend PSU, but readiness for this program is the key barrier to enrollment and remains one of the greatest challenges to building a strong pipeline and converting inquiries to students.  Many inquiring ...

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Lead: Erica Wagner

Collaborators: Becky Sanchez, Gary Steadman

Academic Home:
School of Business Administration
Other

#25 Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance (0 comments)

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Virtually nothing important gets done in government these days without working with partners.  Our current and future public leaders and administrators will require the knowledge, skills, and theory for understanding, participating in, and leading collaborative processes.  As public leaders scramble to catch up to this reality, the demand for employees who have these skills, and for training current managers, has increased measurably.  Unfortunately, programs to teach and credential these collaborative skills are almost non-existent.    ...

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Lead: Stephen Greenwood

Collaborators: Douglas Morgan, Connie Ozawa, Craig Shinn, Laurel Singer

Academic Home:
College of Urban and Public Affairs
School of Government