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CMC workers can get DU doctorates

Colorado Mountain College

The University of Denver and Colorado Mountain College have agreed to forge a partnership that will assist CMC faculty and administrators who want to pursue a doctor of education degree from DU's Morgridge College of Education.

The partnership is designed to increase skills in a variety of postsecondary practices, including student access, equity, postsecondary policy and student success, among college professionals residing in rural communities.

Often, articulation agreements are forged between colleges and universities in order to help undergraduate students transfer from two-year schools to complete bachelor's degrees. This agreement, designed to help working professionals gain terminal degrees in their field where a graduate-degree-granting institution is not geographically located, is unique in Colorado and nationally. Degree candidates who are current CMC employees, including both full-time and adjunct faculty, will receive financial support from CMC and scholarship aid from DU.

Central to the agreement is the structure of the DU Ed.D. program. Unlike most doctoral programs, the DU Ed.D. is a "cohort model" that will enable CMC professionals to take courses together and in a standard sequence at times intended to accommodate typical work schedules at the college.

"The project is one of DU's many efforts to extend our impact outside of the metropolitan area and to collaborate with rural serving institutions and educational organizations," said Karen Riley, dean of the Morgridge College of Education. "Supporting the development of future leaders in education is a part of our mission, and the graduates of our doctoral programs in higher education hold prominent positions locally and nationally. They serve as visionaries within their field."

"Higher education is in a period of substantial transition," said Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC president and CEO. "Many of the faculty and staff who built open-access colleges in the 1960s are now retiring. Given this reality, we must think creatively about how to provide leading-edge skills training for professionals ascending into leadership positions. At the same time, access institutions like CMC are more diverse, more innovative and, arguably, more important than ever."

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This partnership with DU is essential, said Hauser, a former adjunct faculty member at DU, "as it helps a geographically dispersed, multicampus system prepare its next generation of leaders proactively and intentionally. We believe the partnership is unprecedented in Colorado and a model for interinstitutional cooperation."

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