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College of the Bahamas


CIIE's presence in The Bahamas began in 1994, by formal faculty member Dr. Beverly Shaklee. Below is a brief history of the Kent State University's involvement:


Student-teacher experiences are established for KSU undergraduates; local teachers work with KSU graduate students and faculty on professional development issues such as literacy and science; official visits between the University and College of Bahamas (COB) are initiated and established; faculty from the College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS) participate in a COB conference on literacy.


COB join the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST).

1998 - 2009:

Memorandum of Agreement: six faculty members for the College and Graduate School of EHHS sign a formal agreement with the COB. Development of joint research activities begin comparing the educational development of adolescent males in the Bahamas to that of their African-American counterparts in the United States; one Bahamian doctoral student enrolls in the KSU's higher education administration program.

The COB and KSU collaboration as resulted in comprehensive nation-building human resource development. Three cohorts of counseling master's students, two cohorts of educational administration students, and one cohort of special education master's students are now KSU graduates and serving the children in public schools in The Bahamas.

Dr. Don Bubenzer currently sits on the graduate council of the COB. Dr. Valdez Russell of COB serves on CIIE's Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Linda Davis of COB will be a visiting scholar in residence in November 2009.

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