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FSM BA 2014


San Diego State University, Interwork Institute will partner with the College of Micronesia-FSM to implement an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Three Departments for selected FSM employees. The program is designed for incumbent employees, working in the criminal justice area, who have completed 60 semester hours of transfer credit and have a desire to complete a bachelor’s degree. For qualified applicants, the program provides 18 courses that have been selected to enhance the skills of related criminal justice and public service employees.

San Diego State University, Interwork Institute, has partnered with Pacific entities to provide degree and certificate training programs in the FSM and other Pacific entities for the past 30 years. These programs have resulted in over 300 individuals completing various degree programs. The bachelor’s degree program is designed to allow working professionals to complete an advanced degree without having to leave island or their current position.

Program Design

San Diego State University offers an Interdisciplinary Bachelors Degree program that allows for selection of relevant courses from three different departments. This is known as a Interdisciplinary Bachelors Degree in Three Departments (3D BA Degree). For the FSM Criminal Justice Cohort, courses have been selected from the following departments: 1) Criminal Justice, 2) Public Administration, and 3) Administration, Rehabilitation, and Post Secondary Education. The 18 courses selected are specifically designed to meet the professional development needs of related criminal justice employees working in the FSM. Students who pursue the 3D BA Degree will be prepared to provide effective services for a diverse population. Students will pursue courses and learning experiences that are relevant and practical given the unique needs represented in their entity. Courses are designed to be practical and targeted to respond to critical issues facing the FSM.

The program is designed to prepare related criminal justice and other public sector employees from the FSM with content and expertise necessary to provide high quality public services in their area. Courses have been designed to incorporate local context and cultural issues. Attention has also be given to adapting content to recognize a diversity of learner needs.

While working on courses, students are required to meet once a week with a designated learning facilitator. These “Circle Group” meetings allow for content discussions, teleconferences by the instructor, and for students to develop a deeper sense of being involved in a professional learning community that will have local impact.

Students in the program will be incumbent public sector employees in the FSM. As such, these employees deal with practical issues surrounding their specific job assignments. In response, much of the instruction will be delivered through problem/project based learning techniques. Using "real-life" problems and situations as the context for the instruction, students will be better prepared to provide improved performance in their assigned duties and responsibilities.

The program will utilize a facilitated distance-learning model. This model provides face-to-face instruction for most courses and is supported through local facilitators who work with the SDSU lead instructor to ensure courses are relevant to student needs. Courses are delivered via the Internet and are also copied to external media to make content available to students when offline. Instructors interact with students via face-to-face instruction, online discussions, web activities, and audio and video lectures. Each course lasts approximately ten weeks. The program will take approximately three years to complete.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Steve Spencer, Director
Center for Pacific Studies
Interwork Institute
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 335-9690-Phone
(619) 594-4208-Fax




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