Maryland Community Colleges Teleconsortium by qnl49935


									Maryland Community Colleges

         ALN Conference
           October, 1999
         Mary Helen Spear
    Prince George’s Community
Access and Community Colleges
• Community colleges
  educate half of US
  college students
• Majority are non-
  traditional students
• Community colleges
  have had strong DL
  Hurdles in Moving to the Web
Community colleges
• Frequently have smaller facilities
• Have less developed IT infrastructure
• Have no graduate students, TAs, etc.
           The Answer?
• Working together…forming a
 consortium that allows students to
 enroll in distance learning courses
 offered by any member, while
 receiving student support services and
 learning resources from their local
   The Maryland Community Colleges’
Teleconsortium (MCCT), comprised of all
sixteen community colleges in Maryland,
provides students throughout the State with
increased access to quality distance learning
opportunities through a cost effective,
cooperative arrangement which preserves
institutional autonomy.

 MCCT                         MCCT
College                      College

           Local College


  MCCT                      MCCT
 College                   College
Why a Consortium Approach?

• Distance learning options are increased
  through pooling course offerings
• Home institutions can provide student
• Students have increased access to courses
  and degrees that are convenient and
  flexible while colleges share educational
  offerings and resources.
         What are the Benefits to
• Expanded number of distance learning courses
• Comprehensive array of course offerings that
  fulfill degree requirements at Home college
• Assurance of quality distance learning
• Students receive local support services
        What are the Benefits to
• Students maintain affiliation with local college
• Increased faculty collaboration in curriculum,
  program and course development
• Statewide faculty and staff development
• Cost effective course and/or degree alternatives
  in distance education for students and colleges
• Improved competitive edge in the market
Provider Institution: the community college
where the instruction originates and….

• hires and evaluates    • ensures adequate
  faculty                  communication
                           between faculty and
• ensures Standards of     student
  Good Practice as       • disseminates
  defined by MHEC          instructional materials
• schedules and posts    • designates a Site
  course information       Coordinator
      Advantages to Provider

• Costs incurred for instruction recognized
• Receive revenue institution would not have
• May choose to add MCCT students after
  break-even point
• Boost low enrollment classes
• Recognition in the distance learning market
Home Institution: the community college
that agrees to receive the instruction from the
Provider and….

• admits, advises,          • provides library, testing
  registers, and maintain     and tutoring resources
  student transcripts
                            • advertises MCCT
• monitors student            offerings
  progress toward
  educational goals         • designates a Site
• awards financial aid
                            • awards the degree
 Advantages to Home Institution
• Keep the FTE
• Costs incurred for support services
• Distance learning options available to
  students while developing own offerings
• Provide course offerings not currently
  available to students
• Use as a recruitment tool
• Places institution in the distance learning
              • Admissions & Registration
                  • Support Services

    • Instruction
• Course Development
       Key student service areas
•   Admissions and records
•   Advising and counseling
•   Financial aid
•   Library services
•   Bookstore
•   Testing
         Putting theory into
• Since courses are at a distance, shouldn’t services?
• Does provider understand the policies and
  procedures of the home?
• Each home institution must provide new form of
  services .
• Staffing requirements for DL student services are
  spreading staff thin.
• MCCT may have to provide some student services or
  the efficiency of consortium is lost.
Dr. Mary Helen Spear
Faculty Coordinator for Distance Learning
Prince George’s Community College
Largo, MD 20774
   MCCT Web Sites
 Administrative Home Page
   Student Home Page

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