Campus: CSU, Fresno -- October 20, 1999

Fresno State Teams With CSU Stanislaus to Provide Communicative Disorders Degree Programs

California State University, Stanislaus will offer Communicative Disorders degrees starting in January as part of a cooperative distance learning program with California State University, Fresno.

Starting in January 2000, students can earn Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Communicative Disorders with specializations in deaf education and speech-language pathology. Fresno State will provide the major courses on the CSU Stanislaus campus using interactive instructional television.

Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of CSU Stanislaus, and Dr. John Welty, Fresno State President, congratulated the faculty and academic administration for this important accomplishment. They called the new partnership the beginning of more good things to come for students at both campuses.

"I believe that this strategic initiative will offer more quality programs through the mutual efforts of the faculty of these two campuses. It is a model for other future program offerings," Dr. Hughes said.

Dr. Welty emphasized the partnership commitment with CSU Stanislaus at the Multi-Campus Regional Center in Stockton that will eventually team the resources of four CSU campuses.

"In this new era of educational and strategic business partnerships, California State University, Fresno and the Multi-Campus Regional Center (MCRC) are hard at work through the use of cutting-edge technologies to provide courses and degree programs for our students, wheever they are," Dr. Welty said.

Courses to complete the requirements for a California special education specialist credential on communication handicapped or clinical rehabilitative services in speech hearing also will be available from Fresno State on the CSU Stanislaus campus in Turlock and at the University's Stockton site.

In the Spring Semester of 2000, which begins February 16, Fresno State will provide the major courses on the CSU Stanislaus campus in Turlock and the Stockton site using interactive instructional television. All other elective and general education courses to complete degree and credential requirements in the program will be offered by CSU Stanislaus on site through distance education in Turlock and Stockton.

The Communicative Disorders program will also benefit from community college members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central California, since some courses in the program, such as sign language, are offered at Modesto Junior College, Columbia College, and San Joaquin Delta College but not at CSU Stanislaus.

"This is an exciting partnership; a collaborative program between Fresno State and CSU Stanislaus that results in increased educational opportunities to students in the Central Valley," said Dr. Richard Curry, CSU Stanislaus Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. "It also uses the best technology for offering distance education so that the highest level of student learning may occur. We are pleased that students residing in the Turlock and Stockton regions will have this program available to them."

"CSU Fresno and the Multi-Campus Regional Center in Stockton are hard at work to provide a high level of academic service through the Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Sciences," said Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fresno State. "The program will meet the needs of our students without the time and geographical constraints of the past."

Dr. Diana Demetrulias, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies who worked closely with the Fresno State administration to develop the new partnership, said there is a definite demand for availability of the degree program at the CSU Stanislaus campus.

"Representatives of both San Joaquin Valley universities worked cooperatively toward program articulation and academic student support," she said.

Fresno State awards the degrees and traditionally offers six undergraduate and two graduate courses each semester using interactive instructional television that provides full visual and audio interactions with professors in Fresno.

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