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Brandman associate dean discusses online education at CCAS annual meeting

January 06, 2017 by Cindy O'Dell
Michael J. McGuire, Ellen Meyer Gregg, Ross Alexander

Michael J. McGuire, associate dean of Brandman’s School of Arts and Sciences (left); Ellen Meyer Gregg, dean of the College of Natural Health and Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado; and Ross C. Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University in Richmond, Indiana, discussed best practices and strategies for fostering online education at the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Annual Meeting in San Diego in November.

Michael J. McGuire, associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychology, co-presented “Establishing an Administrative Culture to Support Online Education” at the recent annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) in San Diego.

“The purpose of the panel was not to debate the merits of online education, but rather to discuss and present administrative strategies, approaches, and methods employed by administration and deans to support, coordinate, facilitate, grow, and foster online education in our respective schools and colleges. The panel presented several administrative best-practices and strategies based on our research and experiences,” reported McGuire. McGuire’s co-presenters were Ellen Meyer Gregg, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, and Ross C. Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. 

McGuire said best practices included strategic systemic design, resources that support quality programs and courses, a focus on training of full time and adjunct faculty and acknowledgement of the contributions of all participants, among other important practices.

CCAS is a national association that provides professional-development programming to its member deans and associate deans, to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. Brandman University is an Institution Member of CCAS.

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