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Higher education advancement program offered

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 4, 2004) -- Individuals interested in fund-raising, alumni relations and public communications for colleges and universities may want to check out a new six-month project-based program soon to be launched at Ohio University.

The Institute for Institutional Advancement will be offered by means of intensive, short-term residencies on the Athens campus of Ohio University beginning in December. Between residences, small teams will work with faculty to design a comprehensive advancement program for the mythical "Blue Sky Community College." Learning will center on essential skills, basic knowledge for the specialty areas, problem solving and strategic planning for advancement. The use of advanced educational technology will allow students to remain at their homes and current careers between the residencies.

"There are wonderful career opportunities in advancement and the demand will remain strong in the future as institutions seek new resources," says Marc Cutright, assistant professor of higher education and director of the institute. "Yet there are very few educational programs with this emphasis, and no others with this structure and integrated approach."

Other institute faculty members include Ralph Amos, assistant vice president for alumni relations; Hub Burton, associate vice president for University Communications and Marketing; and Molly Mayo Tampke, assistant vice president for development. Their accomplishments include leadership roles in Ohio University's recently concluded Bicentennial Campaign. The $200 million goal was exceeded by more than $21 million.

The program is a cooperative effort among Ohio University's Office of Institutional Advancement, the College of Education's higher education faculty and Ohio University Without Boundaries (OUWB). OUWB has won numerous awards and recognition for innovation in the design and delivery of blended learning programs at the graduate level.

The program, which will offer graduate credit for three courses, is designed for those who want to advance in institutional advancement careers through broader perspectives on the field; those with relevant professional experience outside of higher education who wish to work at a college or university; and those in other roles within higher education who wish to develop skills in institutional advancement. The program will be relevant to the circumstances of both two-year and four-year institutions. Graduate hours earned in the program may be credited to some graduate programs at Ohio University and elsewhere.

Residencies are scheduled for Dec. 12-18, 2004, and June 12-15, 2005. Application materials should be received by Nov. 19, 2004. Application requirements include completion of a bachelor's degree, a statement of purpose and recommendations. The $4,750 fee covers Ohio University tuition and fees and all books and other instructional materials.

Detailed information about the Ohio University Institutional Advancement Institute is available online at www.ouwb.ohiou.edu/ia/ or by calling OUWB toll free at 1-877-686-2292.

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