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Curriculum Collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College

Posted Feb. 10, 2012

In the fall of 2008, the Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) received a request from Jennifer Batton, Director of Cuyahoga Community College's Global Issues Resource Center in Cleveland, for assistance in creating and implementing a certificate program in Peace and Conflict Studies on the community college level. Preliminary research was conducted earlier by two CACM students, Amanda Parker and Jessica Szabla, indicating that the establishment of a certificate would indeed benefit the community and Cuyahoga Community College.

CACM responded positively to the invitation to help. CACM faculty members Dr. Landon Hancock and Dr. Theresa Repicky were intimately involved in the creation of the certificate program's two core courses and they worked with Cuyahoga Community College faculty and staff to create course templates. CACM faculty also reviewed potential elective courses from the Cuyahoga Community College course offerings to fill out the proposed certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies there. In addition, Professors Hancock and Repicky also provided training workshops and mentoring for those community college faculty members interested in teaching in the certificate program.

The certificate program, which is the first of its kind at an Ohio community college, provides a background in core knowledge and competencies in Peace and Conflict Studies. Kent State University is currently pursuing a formal articulation agreement with Cuyahoga Community College to ensure that students who graduate from the certificate program and matriculate into Kent State are able to apply their coursework to either our major or minor in Applied Conflict Management.

CACM Director, Professor Patrick Coy, said "We welcome the opportunity to build curricular bridges with Cuyahoga Community College and to advance the field of Peace and Conflict Studies this way. This partnership not only means that local community college students are more likely to continue their education toward a bachelor's degree, but it also means that more Northeast Ohioans will learn the skills of conflict management, and that is always a positive development."

Dr. Hancock and Dr. Repicky continue to provide training on a yearly or bi-yearly basis to those Cuyahoga Community College faculty members teaching in the certificate program there. In addition, Dr. Hancock joined the advisory board of the Global Issues Resource Center in 2009 and continues to serve there.

Information about the certificate can be found at: