University History of the Fielding Graduate Institute

University History of the Fielding Graduate Institute

Bernard J. Luskin (Fielding Graduate Institute, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 2
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch293
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Abstract

Fielding Graduate Institute was founded in 1974 in Santa Barbara, California by educators who envisioned a graduate school serving mid-career professionals wanting to pursue an advanced degree. The educator’s learning needs were not being met by traditional institutions of higher education because of style, location or lifestyle fit. Several founders were psychologists and one was deputy director of the Peace Corps, with an understanding of distributed learning. According to university history, the founders recognized that students seeking advanced degrees would generally be mid-career adults wishing to enhance their professional skills. These students would also be interested in being scholar-practitioners participating in a collaborative lifetime-learning community. At first glance, Fielding appears to be a small university having only 1,500 students, with more than 100 members of staff and 150 faculty members. Fielding is actually quite a large graduate university. However, since Fielding does not have an undergraduate program on which to perch, it may appear to some to be small.

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