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Title: Building A Statewide Higher Education and Training Program in Disaster Management and Homeland Secur


1
Building A State-wide Higher Education and
Training Program in Disaster Management and
Homeland Security Third Annual National Defense
and Homeland Security Summit The George
Washington University March 13, 2009 Dennis
Skip Parks, Dean Continuing Education and
University Outreach California Polytechnic State
University
2
  • Introduction and Background Information
  • California Disaster Resources Assessment Project
  • Cal Poly - CEMA Partnership
  • Goals, Programs, Impact
  • CSU Council on Emergency Management and Homeland
    Security
  • Future Program Development Efforts
  • State-wide Masters Degree
  • Replication in Other States
  • Questions

3
So where is Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo?
Cal Poly, SLO is located on the Central Coast of
California about halfway between Los Angeles and
San Francisco.
4
A Little Background Info
  • California State University (CSU)
  • 23 campuses approx 440,000 students largest
    system of higher education in nation
  • Governors Office of Emergency Services (OES)
    located in Sacramento
  • California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI)
    Training Branch of OES located in San Luis
    Obispo
  • Governors Office of Homeland Security (OHS)
    located in Sacramento
  • January 1, 2009 OES and OHS become the
    California Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

5
The California Disaster Resources Assessment
Project
  • A state-wide inventory of disaster management and
    homeland security programs in California and a
    gap analysis of whats needed
  • A joint project of the California Emergency
    Management Agency and Cal Poly, SLO
  • Conducted in 2007-2008 draft/public comment copy
    currently being reviewed

6
The California Disaster Resources Assessment
Project
  • Those inventoried
  • Federal, state and local DMHS personnel in all 58
    counties
  • More than 400 training academies, community
    colleges, public and private colleges and
    universities

7
The California Disaster Resources Assessment
Project
  • Selected Significant Findings
  • Public expectation for excellence and
    professionalism is very high
  • The profession is searching for a clear identity
    and purpose
  • DMHS is becoming a first choice career path
  • Local government public sector employers are
    demanding higher educational standards

8
The California Disaster Resources Assessment
Project
  • There is no recognized or accredited core
    curriculum the community colleges and
    universities can use (unlike the fire
    service/protection sector)
  • There are essentially no associate degree
    programs in EM/HS
  • There are no bachelors degree programs offered
    by public universities (one offered by a private
    university.)
  • Masters degrees are very limited in California.
    Related programs are at CSU Long Beach, SDSU

9
The California Disaster Resources Assessment
Project
  • Because of the shortage of educational programs
    in EM/HS, employers are hiring employees with
    alternate degrees and providing additional
    training
  • CSTI is the most commonly used practitioner
    training site for career professionals
  • CSTI and FEMA comprehensive programs offer the
    most promise for a guide to developing a
    standardized EM/DM/HS certification

10
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • A long negotiation process first discussions in
    2002
  • Remember CSTI is the training branch of the
    California Emergency Management Agency
  • CSTI offers 40-50 training programs each year to
    500-600 professionals
  • Has its own FT faculty plus PT faculty

11
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • Initial Concept
  • Develop an educational pathway for those employed
    in emergency management and homeland security
    associates through masters degrees
  • Challenge
  • How to take high level training courses from a
    state agency and blend them into academic
    programs offered by the California State
    University

12
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • Solution mutually recognize selected courses
    offered by both the California Specialized
    Training Institute (CSTI) and Cal Poly
  • Initially six CSTI courses selected that
    composed the core - each about 40 hours of
    instruction
  • Cal Poly reviewed the courses, modified some and
    put them through the academic approval process

13
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • DMHS prefix created and assigned to CE
  • Courses cross-listed with two other colleges
  • BOTH CSTI and Cal Poly can offer the courses
  • If offered by CSTI, Cal Poly will award academic
    credit
  • If offered by Cal Poly, CSTI will recognize them
    for their certificate programs

14
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • Cal Poly will recognize them as courses taken in
    residence for the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Cal Poly used the courses to create the
    Certificate in Disaster Management and Homeland
    Security
  • online program
  • Meets the new national standards for a Certified
    Emergency Management Specialist and DHS funding

15
Cal Poly CEMA/CSTI Partnership
  • Agreement calls for Cal Poly to be the lead CSU
    institution for recognizing CSTI courses
  • Students completing the curriculum will be
    eligible to receive CSTI certifications
    regardless of where they are taken
  • Courses can also be applied to an undergraduate
    minor in the College of Agriculture, Food and
    Environmental Sciences, Department of Natural
    Resources Management

16
CSU Council on Emergency Management and Homeland
Security (CEMHS)
  • A voluntary council of academics and
    professionals interested in the broad areas of
    emergency management and homeland security.
  • Initial members included Fresno, Long Beach,
    Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, San Luis Obispo,
    Maritime Academy, and Chancellors Office

17
CSU Council on Emergency Management and Homeland
Security
  • Stated educational goals
  • Assess the state of CSU EMHS programs
  • Investigate methods to improve availability,
    access, quality and knowledge/skills areas in
    EMHS within the CSU
  • Research key educational/training skills needed
    in California
  • Strategize how to achieve CSU-wide educational
    and training objectives
  • Apply findings toward multi-campus applications
    for California students and the future workforce

18
CSU Council on Emergency Management and Homeland
Security
  • Research and External Grant Goals
  • Identify common areas of faculty research
  • Facilitate identification of state, county, and
    local agencies areas of common interest and
    grant opportunities
  • Promote system-wide and multi-campus consortia
    grant applications
  • Collaborate on basic and applied research

19
CSU Council on Emergency Management and Homeland
Security
  • Chaired by Keith Clement, CSU Fresno
  • Held first summit in June 2008 at CSU
    Chancellors Office
  • Outlined short and long term goals
  • Next summit planned for June or July 2009

20
The System-Wide Masters in Disaster Management
and Homeland Security
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS
THE PLUNGE
INTO THE ETERNAL FIRE
OF BUREAUCRATIC HELL
21
The System-Wide Masters in Disaster Management
and Homeland Security
  • First arose last year with a grant proposal to
    the California Emergency Management Agency
  • Submitted through the Chancellors Office as the
    Agency Head for the CSU
  • Not funded but asked to resubmit
  • Second proposal, much scaled back, was submitted
    in August 2008

22
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Disaster
Management and Homeland Security
  • Basic concept to create a system-wide core
    curriculum enhanced by the ability for campuses
    to add areas of specialization
  • Some core courses borrowed and modified from the
    masters degree in homeland security offered by
    the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Program being developed by Cal Poly-SLO with
    funding from the CSU Commission on the Extended
    University
  • Will probably be a Master of Professional Studies
    academic debate

23
MPS in Disaster Management and Homeland Security
  • Core would be offered online and/or blended
    format
  • An interdisciplinary Faculty Program Committee
    created
  • Masters degree offered as a special session no
    FTE battles, only money discussions

24
MPS in Disaster Management and Homeland Security
  • Barriers
  • Whose degree is it?
  • Joint, e.g. Cal Poly and CSU Fresno
  • Residency can we develop a new model that
    utilized any CSU courses approved for this
    program as counting for residency?
  • Advising? Centralized or campus based?

25
MPS in Disaster Management and Homeland Security
  • CSU campuses can create their own specialization
    or use the entire curriculum from Cal Poly
  • Maritime specialization in port security
  • Northridge specialization in knowledge
    management
  • Long Beach specialization in emergency services
    administration
  • Not restricted to California can be moved
    around the country as needed

26
MPS in Disaster Management and Homeland Security
  • Many options for multi-campus partnerships
  • Simply advertise the program with a percentage of
    the net revenues going back to the respective CE
    unit
  • Offer a specialization
  • Incorporate the entire curriculum into their own
    course offerings
  • Develop individual courses

27
  • Thank you
  • Any Questions?
  • For more information
  • http//www.continuing-ed.calpoly.edu
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