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..Greenwich University
..Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology
. . Degree Program for the year 2001-2002

Updated December 10, 2000


Frequently Asked Questions

(Fees, process, accreditation, validity, time, quality, advantages)

How may I make practical use of the expertise I gain in this field?
The Natural Systems Thinking Process will become a supportive component of your present field of interest, or you may use or teach the component as a discipline of its own.

How can I tell if this program is right for me?
Before being accepted to the program, students are required to visit Project NatureConnect's descriptive, interactive web site and advised to complete a short Orientation Course (ECO 500) that has them directly experience the learning process and its outcomes. The course becomes part of your transcript and degree if you are accepted for enrollment. You may identify outcomes of the program that appeal to you by recognizing them in our participant survey.

Are the courses only available to students at Greenwich University?
Through the Institute of Global Education. Project NatureConnect, students from any program or setting are eligible to take parallel core courses and transfer them to their program.

How and why does the Institute of Global Education (IGE) service Greenwich University and other degree program students?
As Director of Integrated Ecology Department at IGE , Dr. Michael J. Cohen, also serves as lead faculty for the Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology program at Greenwich. In order to make available IGE financial assistance and other customized academic services, at IGE he guides and teaches for Greenwich in conjunction with a professional IGE graduate student cooperative. The IGE cooperative brings each new student into its professional training program and organizes and teaches the first 75% of Degree Program course work in consultation with Greenwich. Students then automatically complete their work with Dr, Cohen via distant learning at Greenwich .

What special qualities is this program looking for in its students?
Please read "Thinking With Nature." We welcome people who appreciate its essence, insights and direction. We support dedicated individuals from any walk of life who applaud Karen's integrity and recognize a vital part of themselves in her experiences. We are dedicated to helping people who want to learn and teach the nature reconnecting techniques available to us now that were not available to Karen.

Do you have to be in a Degree Program to learn and teach Reconnecting With Nature skills?
Not at all. They may be learned directly from the training books and/or our core email
courses and workshops, many of which are guided by the degree program cooperative interns. You can help the program by letting others know about it by sending them a copy of our Homepage announcement.

What is the time and fee structure for the Degree Program?
The Greenwich University Applied Ecopsychology program may be completed in 1-2 years MS, and 1-3 years Ph.D. Additional years may be added with special permission. Tuitions parallel the
University schedule with the modifications noted below.

With maximum need for financial assistance and work/study and course work time available to the student along with transfer courses and prior learning evaluation the:
...MS Degree (30 credits) can be completed in one year, $3,500 total;
...Ph.D (45 credits) can be completed in18 months, $5500 total.

With minimim or no transfers, prior learning, compatability and financial assistance the:
...MS Degree (30 credits) @ $200/credit can be completed in two years for $6,000;
...Ph.D. Degree (45 credits) @ $200/credit can be completed in three years for $10,500.

The time and tuition it actually takes to complete a specific program depends upon how much applicable transfer credit and life experience credit a person brings into the program as well as the participation time and financial aid available to them.

What are the tuition fee options for the Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology courses?
Course fees charged to Greenwich University students are $200/credit. Students who commit to the student cooperative works/study learn and earn program, have the opportunity to help facilitate courses and thereby earn back some of their tuition fees. Several financial assistance programs are available to qualified applicants.

Are there additional costs to the Greenwich-IGE program?
This depends upon how a student chooses to independently participate in and fulfill the course requirements. All distant learning course fees are covered by tuition. However, as is common at other universities, the fees of appropriate workshops, transfer courses, conferences, training programs, internships, special mentors, rental equipment, transportation etc. are all additional when a student elects to use them to achieve his or her academic and professional goals. A student may teach a course and receive payment for doing so while receiving credit for the experience. It addition, previous appropriate courses and life experiences, once documented, are transferred into parts of the student's program .

What makes the Greenwich University IGE program special?
It is designed specifically with the professional program goals and experiences of the student in mind. Each course contains a nature reconnecting Natural Systems Thinking Process component. This differs from taking one or two courses in your area of interest and many additional courses in required academic areas.

All courses in the program may be learned through distant learning procedures, although they may also be optionally offered on-site as well.

In the Greenwich program, appropriate experiences or skills the student already has attained, for which they have not received adademic credit, will apply to their program and coursework required, once the experience is properly documented. The documentation consists of the student writing up the past experience as a course and showing the knowledge that was gained and its appropriateness to their degree.

The Greenwich program at IGE also entitles students to earn back part of their tuition by developing and facilitating courses.

What is the difference between receiving an accredited or unaccredited university degree?
Some academic and professional situations strictly require an accredited degree, which
Greenwich, an Australian University, offers. However, it is mainly approved/accredited in its section of Australia, Its acceptance elsewhere differs from place to place.

You can take our online courses and transfer them into independent study degrees that are accredited, The cost, however is often $20-50 thousand dollars,

Our program goal is to help each participant become a documented master technician in areas of special interest to them in Applied Ecopsychology or Integrated Ecology. They then independently use, represent and offer the public their own personal skills and competencies, not just the name of an institution, accredited or not. Our courses and program equate with those required in most other graduate degree programs. In addition, they offer a great deal of flexibility and individuality.

What is the online education process used by some of the courses?
It is education that links students and faculty from around the world into interactive learning groups through internet communications. Students have a working knowledge of email and the internet by the time they complete their applications.

How do the online programs operate?
As part of our admission orientation process, students learn-by-doing how to participate in an online Orientation experience in order to become adept to how our online courses work. On these courses, you use computer communication on a short but frequent basis each week to participate in the topics you're studying.

The online courses are, by consensus, self-organized and paced between people in each interactive study team.

Do students have to sit down at their computers at the same time every day?
No. You do all of your communication and work while offline, and only go online to send and receive material to and from your class group. In other words, you leave your written comments or work for others to see, and check in at a later time to pick up the responses to those messages, and in turn, respond to them.

Wouldn't it be better to have real-time discussion just like in a more traditional face-to-face classroom?
Sometimes we use that option. The Online program is designed to take advantage of the technology's strengths. Since students are located across various geographic time zones, it is be very difficult and inconvenient for them to dial into their class at the same time. When communication is not synchronized, students participate when and where it is convenient for them, whether that is 6:00 in the morning, or in a hotel room while traveling on business. In addition, there are significant cognitive benefits. Because students have an opportunity to take their time reviewing comments, and also take as much time as they need to compose their responses, the material and concepts are approached at an individual rate. "Chat-mode" communication is also used optionally

Another advantage of an online class is that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the discussions, not just the extroverts. Potentially discriminating factors such as race, handicap, gender and appearance disappear. Experiences, thoughts, feelings and making sense become the major focus.

Can you describe how a typical online instruction is conducted?
Typically, the interact study team reads the assignment from the training manual, does the activities involved, shares their thoughts and feelings from the activity via an email to their interact team, reads other team postings and shares their reactions to them. The mentor and other experienced participants are part of the 4-6 person study team.They may elaborate on the material, and provide discussion questions related to the topic. The online courses are team efforts. Participants share their daily experiences and learn from the knowledge shared by others in their study group.

Can I talk to the instructor or other students in private?
Yes. Email conferencing allows students, by appointment, to have both group and individual communication with others. Telephone calls best serve this function for individuals.

Does the lack of physical contact detract from the educational process?
Not really, since students are often working person-to-person in their local communities while on a course. They are encouraged to use the telephone when they need to clarify issues immediately.

Does it matter what type of computer equipment an individual uses?
Most IBM compatibles or MacIntosh computers equipped with a modem will work.

How do you know the students are who they say they are?
There are checks and balances to discourage fraudulent practices. These begin with the application process whereby social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, places of employment, and previous college transcripts are all verified against the other. Small classes (no larger than 7 students) foster close communication between participants, and enable all participants to differentiate and recognize their students' written styles and personalities.

How do I know I'll get a quality education from an online course instead of a more traditional course?
You will be able to demonstrate your skills in applying the program and using the support system it provides continually. You will be trained to measure and evaluate your effectiveness. In 1987, Phoenix University reports that it undertook a project to measure the learning outcomes of online education. It is one of the most comprehensive assessment of adult learning of any college or university in the United States. Every student who entered program took a Comprehensive Cognitive Assessment to measure their subject-matter knowledge, judgment, and problem-solving skills, and then took it again at graduation so learning was measured to determine whether they have reached the learning outcomes specified in the curriculum.

Generalized results from the outcomes assessment program indicate that online students have performed as well or better in subject-matter achievement, when compared to their peers in classroom programs. Online students' employers indicated they were very satisfied with the quality of graduates.

What is the typical monthly phone bill for a student enrolled in an online course?
Sudents should expect to use approximately 2-4 hours of online connect time per month. All communication is developed "offline" and modem connections are only used to send and receive, keeping actual connect time to a minimum.

How much do the online programs cost?
There is no additional online charge for Greenwich University students.

Can I complete my entire degree program online, or do I have to come to a campus for part of it?
Some of the courses optionally offer participation in workshops at your own expense. Utilizing conferences, workshops and courses at other times is alway a valuable option, but is not required nor included in the fee structure of the program.

How many hours per week do students devote to their online degree program?
Students generally spend between 2-3 hours per week on a course if working at minimum output. They can take as many courses between 6-15 credits, as it convenient during any semester. Course participants may choose to slow their pace to accommodate personal schedules as well as take a leave of absence. Coursework includes reading and doing activities, writing, studying, and computer time and telephone time required for correspondence.

What would my schedule be like?
That would be up to you in conjunction with your study team when you do an online course. Other courses you do at your own pace.

Do I have to be an expert in computers to take classes this way?
No. You should however, know how to use your computer; how to save and retrieve files; how to use the simple functions of your word-processor; e-mail and internet access.

Where can I get further information about the program and its process?
Carefully look through the materials in the
Contents and in the homepage of the Institute of Global Education


Greenwich University

Department Chair Office Information

Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Chair
Post Office Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
(360) 378-6313

Dr. Cohen is also the director of
at the
Institute of Global Education
A special NGO Consultant to the
United Nations Economic and Social Council
He also serves as Adjunct Faculty for
Portland State University School of Extended Studies.


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