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Title: Building a Statewide Higher Education Educational Partnership in Disaster Management and Homeland Se

Association for Continuing Higher Education
Building a State-wide Higher Education
Educational Partnership in Disaster Management
and Homeland Security A Model for Interagency
Partnership Dr. Dennis Skip Parks, Dean,
Continuing Education and University
Outreach California Polytechnic State
University Tuesday, November 17,
2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Presentation OutlineDONE IN BIG CHUNCKS
  • Assessing Californias Needs
  • Using a State-wide Approach through Building
  • Initial Programmatic Roll-out
  • Using a Financial Self-Support Option
  • Next Steps
  • Questions and Answers

First Question Where is Cal Poly?
San Luis Obispo
  • A Few Agencies to Know
  • CalEMA California Emergency Management Agency.
  • Formed Jan 1, 2009 through the merger of
    Governors Office of Homeland Security and the
    Governors Office of Emergency Services
  • CSTI California Specialized Training Institute,
    training branch of CalEMA
  • CSU California State University System, 23
    campuses, 460,000 students

  • Need for a State-wide Program
  • Received a grant from the Governors Office of
    Homeland Security
  • Conducted a State-wide inventory of homeland
    security and disaster management programs in
    California and a gap analysis of whats needed
  • A joint project of OES and HS
  • Conducted in 2007-2008

  • Need, Cont
  • Inventoried Federal, state and local DMHS
    personnel in all 58 counties
  • Contacted more than 400 training academies,
    agencies, community colleges, and public and
    private universities

  • Selected significant findings for the CSU
  • Public expectation for excellence and
    professionalism in disaster management and
    homeland security is very high
  • The DMHS profession is searching for a clear
    identity and purpose
  • DMHS is becoming a first choice career path
  • Local government and public sector employees are
    demanding higher educational standards
  • Unlike the fire service, there is no recognized
    or accredited core curriculum in California

  • There are essentially no associate degree
    programs in D/EMHS
  • There are no bachelors degree programs offered
    by public universities. One offered by a private
  • Master degrees are very limited in California

  • Because of the shortage of educational programs
    in DMHS, employers are hiring employees with
    alternative degrees and providing additional
  • CSTI is the commonly used practitioner training
    site for career professionals in California
  • CSTI and FEMA comprehensive programs offer the
    most promise for a guide to developing a
    standardized DMHS certification in California

Addressing the Problem by Building a State-wide
  • 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 include CSU Fresno, CSU Long
    Beach, CSU Sacramento, San Diego State
    University, Cal Maritime Academy, and the CSU
    Chancellors Office.
  • Cal Poly SLO serving as lead campus for
    state-wide educational programs

  • CEHMS cont
  • Stated Educational Goals
  • Assess the state of CSU DMHS programs
  • Investigate methods to improve availability,
    access, quality and knowledge/skills within the
  • Researching key educational/training skills
    needed in California
  • Strategize how to achieve CSU-wide educational
    and training objectives
  • Applying findings toward multi-campus
    applications for California students and the
    future workforce

  • CEMHS cont
  • Research and External Grant Goals
  • Identify common areas of faculty research
  • Facilitate 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

Rolling Out A Model to Serve California
  • CalEMA/Cal Poly Educational Partnership
  • Designed to recognize educational programs
    offered by CSTI and Cal Poly and thus the CSU
  • First Step - developed a certificate program
    utilizing courses from both
  • Has great potential as a model to serve
    California and be replicated in other states
  • Developed as a CSU special session program

Certificate in Disaster Management and Homeland
  • DMHS 351 Introduction to Emergency Mgmt in CA
  • DMHS 352 Terrorism Understanding the Threat
  • DMHS 353 Introduction to Crisis Communications
  • DMHS 401 Disaster Recovery
  • DMHS 405 Disaster Sustained Operations
  • DMSH 432 Disaster Operations Planning
  • DMHS 466 Enhanced Exercise Design

May also be used in the masters degree program
One Certificate but Many Uses
  • As a stand alone certificate
  • As a minor in the Natural Resources Department
  • As a specialization in the BA in
    Interdisciplinary Studies / Adult Degree Program
  • Can be transferred to another institution
  • All 400 level courses can be applied to the
    Masters of Professional Studies in Disaster
    Management and Homeland Security January 2011

Delivery Modes
  • On-site CalEMA / CSTI and Cal Poly, SLO
  • Envisioned Blended,
  • CSU, Cal Poly, World-wide

Certificate Partner Universities
  • Fall 2009
  • San Diego State University
  • Summer 2010
  • San Francisco State University

Using A Self-Support Model
  • Continuing and Extended Education units in the
    CSU are financially self-supporting
  • i.e. No state general fund support
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Devil or saint depending on ones
  • individual perspective
  • Transition of summer back
  • to self-support is a good example

Using A Self-Support Model
  • Authorized under the Education Code and CSU
    Executive Orders 794 and 802
  • Can include everything from a single course to
    completed degree programs
  • Referred to as special session
  • Basic concept programs run as a special session
    must make a profit and return a percentage back
    to the university for support services

Using A Self-Support Model
  • The money you make is the money you keep
  • Programs do not rely on general fund dollars,
    therefore dont compete for general fund dollars
  • Facilitates starting programs in
  • bad economic times
  • Instructional fees can
  • be set program by program

Using A Self-Support Model
  • Programs MUST make a profit and contribute back
    to university
  • Instructional fees may seem high by California
  • Programs DO NOT contribute to campus FTE targets
    this became an advantage in the past several
  • On some campuses, fees may have to be approved by
    a campus fee committee

Using A Self-Support Model
  • Programs offered in special session must still be
    approved/authorized through standard academic
    approval procedures
  • Most people outside the CE/EE world dont
    understand special session concept
  • Programs are usually offered in a partnership
    between a college of continuing education and an
    academic college
  • But not always

Using A Self-Support Model
  • Models of special session vary campus to campus
  • Even vary within a single campus four at Cal
  • Models may blend special session and general fund
    support within the same program
  • Often requires a great deal of negotiation
    between partners

Next Steps
  • Expanding the certificate through additional
  • Developing and offering additional certificates
    in different and needed areas
  • Expanding the use of existing models and policies
  • Example resident credit
  • Finding new models and ways to increase access
    i.e. blended/online

Next Steps (cont)
  • Developing and/or expanding undergraduate and
    graduate programs
  • Seeking creative ways to complement and
    coordinate rather than compete
  • Example multi-campus masters in sustainability
  • Building on individual campus strengths
  • Through CEMHS and other avenues develop funding
  • Example COE - UNC

Next Steps (cont)
  • Currently developing a Masters of Professional
    Studies in DMHS
  • Developing new online platforms to replace
    face-to-face DMHS exercises
  • Using ElluminateLive to develop table-top
  • Still working on the clash of cultures in
    training and education approaches
  • Eg use of the word certificates

  • The Nation is Depending on Us!

  • Time for Questions
  • For additional information on Cal Polys programs
  • GO TO
  • http//
  • For additional information on CEHMS
  • GO TO
  • http//