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Jason russell online labor education challenges and possibilities

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Jason russell online labor education challenges and possibilities

  1. 1. Online Labor Education: Challenges and Possibilities Jason Russell Center for Distance Learning & Center for Graduate Programs
  2. 2. Labor and Worker Education in North America <ul><li>Most unionized workers in the United States and Canada are affiliated with major labor federations. </li></ul><ul><li>Most unionized workers in the United States are affiliated with either the AFL-CIO or the Change-to-Win Coalition. </li></ul><ul><li>The major federations represent both public and private sector workers. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Labor and Worker Education in North America <ul><li>The AFL-CIO has 11 million members, while Change-to-Win has 4.8 million members. </li></ul><ul><li>The New York State AFL-CIO represents 2.5 million members </li></ul><ul><li>There is thus a large population of potential labor studies students in New York and across the United States. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Labor Education <ul><li>Many unions operate their own training programs, and obviously prefer that their members take those programs. </li></ul><ul><li>The labor movement is increasingly a public sector labor movement. </li></ul><ul><li>The AFL-CIO operates the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, which is also often called the National Labor College. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Labor Education <ul><li>The Meany Center offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees – principally through residencies, although they are moving online. </li></ul><ul><li>There are other institutions in the United States that offer labor education. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Colleges and Universities offering Labor Studies/Education Degrees <ul><li>California – City College of San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>California – Laney College </li></ul><ul><li>California – San Francisco State University </li></ul><ul><li>California – UCLA </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut – University of Connecticut </li></ul><ul><li>Florida – Florida International University </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois – DePaul University </li></ul><ul><li>Indiana – University of Indiana </li></ul>
  7. 7. Colleges and Universities offering Labor Studies/Education Degrees <ul><li>Indiana - University of Indiana- South Bend </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa - Iowa State University </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland - Dundalk Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland - George Meany Center National Labor College </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts – Harvard University. Trade Union Program </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts – Harvard University. Trade Union Program </li></ul>
  8. 8. Colleges and Universities offering Labor Studies/Education Degrees <ul><li>Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts – Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan – Wayne State University </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri – University of Missouri– Kansas City </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey – Rutgers University </li></ul><ul><li>New York – CUNY, Center for Worker Education </li></ul>
  9. 9. Colleges and Universities offering Labor Studies/Education Degrees <ul><li>New York – Cornell University Labor Studies Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>New York – Hofstra University </li></ul><ul><li>New York – Queens College </li></ul><ul><li>New York - SUNY Old Westbury </li></ul><ul><li>New York – SUNY Potsdam </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio – Youngstown State University </li></ul>
  10. 10. Colleges and Universities offering Labor Studies/Education Degrees <ul><li>Oregon – University of Oregon </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania – Clarion University </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania – Indiana University of Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania – Penn State University </li></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies & Research </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia University </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges <ul><li>There are a lot of other institutions in the North-East that offer some form of labor studies or industrial relations training. </li></ul><ul><li>The North-East and California are where organized labor is strongest. Programs need to have an international, national, and regional focus. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges <ul><li>Unions like the final say on training programs or courses, even when offering them in conjunction with a college or university. </li></ul><ul><li>Since there can be a lot of stakeholders involved, program development can take a considerable period of time. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Empire State College <ul><li>Where does Empire State College fit into this picture? </li></ul><ul><li>ESC offers labor studies programs through the Center for Distance Learning (CDL), Center for Graduate Programs (CGP), and the Harry J. Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies </li></ul>
  14. 14. Possibilities <ul><li>Empire State College, because of its strong online learning capability, has the potential to offer labor studies programs in a way that other institutions cannot. </li></ul><ul><li>ESC also has the ability to cover both labor studies topics, and industrial relations topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Many other programs around the country are underfunded, but ESC’s are not. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Possibilities <ul><li>ESC already attracts a lot of students who work in the public sector, and has the potential to attract more of them. </li></ul><ul><li>ESC’s Community of Inquiry Model fits well with worker-centered learning practices that have been in use for many years. </li></ul><ul><li>The first worker-centered learning began when Albert Mansbridge founded the Workers’ Education Association (WEA) in Britain in 1903 . </li></ul>
  16. 16. Possibilities <ul><li>The large number of potential students suggests that there is room for program growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Labor Studies programs attract both unionized and non-unionized workers. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>The possibilities are more numerous than the challenges when contemplating labor education online. </li></ul><ul><li>There is growing interest across the world in labor and employment issues, and online learning can be effectively used to help learners understand those issues. </li></ul>

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