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Teaching Beyond Holmes Hall

As a Residential College, our primary academic ‘home’ for student learning is centered within Holmes Hall. However, there are a number of opportunities to move teaching and learning classroom the confines of campus. The predominant offerings from MSU include study abroad and study away (with larger programmatic components); individual course instruction as fully off-campus or on/off-campus combined courses; opportunities to enhance your on-campus course with a course excursion(s), and on-line courses. Each of these opportunities is briefly outlined below with recent examples. Note that the LBC Assistant Dean assists faculty in planning and budgeting for study abroad, study away, and on-line courses, and the LBC Dean oversees financial support for class excursions and arts enrichment. (LBC has not yet ventured into fully off-campus or combined offerings.)


Study Abroad

Study Abroad is a designation for programs containing courses offered outside the 50 United States and its territories. The predominant models are Faculty-led, Exchange, Collaborative, Provider, and Consortium; details are here.

Programs are offered throughout the academic year, but for science students the typical selection is a faculty-led program occurring in the summer or during winter or spring breaks.

The funding model is based on two separate elements: tuition income and program fees.

    • Tuition income: The amount of this income is derived by formula, based on how many credits each enrolled student will take and therefore how much tuition each will pay. Once the total is determined, ISP takes a 38% tax off the top. The balance supports faculty salary and instructional expenses. In other words, the amount of tuition income is fixed and we must adjust salary and instructional expenses to fit within that set amount.
    • Program Fees: These are used to support items such as per diem, meals, lodging, and on-site travel for all program participants (faculty and students). We determine how much to charge in program fees in order to cover the expenses that we anticipate the program will incur. We try to be as frugal as possible to minimize the financial barrier for students.

    Recent examples:

SUMMER

SPRING BREAK


Study Away

Study Away is a designation for programs containing courses not offered on the East Lansing or Kellogg Biological Station campuses within the 50 United States. The funding model is similar to study abroad: tuition income supports faculty salary and instructional expenses, and program fees support items such as per diem, meals, lodging, and on-site travel.

Recent examples:

    • History of Science course in Friday Harbor, WA (Spring Break).
    • Natural Environment (Nature Writing) course in Isle Royale, MI (Summer).

Course Excursions

Each LB course is provided with funds to support teaching and learning within the curriculum. Faculty may use these funds to support excursions or site visits to complement the East Lansing learning environment. LBC also has an Arts Enrichment Endowment Fund to support excursions and activities that bridge the arts and sciences; faculty may request support from this fund by e-mailing the Dean. The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement offers this Day of Service Toolkit to help plan such events.

Recent examples:

    • Excursions to Potter Park Zoo in Lansing
    • Site visit to Kellogg’s in Battle Creek
    • Visits to Field Museums in Chicago
    • Taking groups of students to a play in Williamston

Off-Campus Courses

Off-Campus courses are designations for individual courses (not programs like study abroad/away) fully offered in locations other than the East Lansing or Kellogg Biological Station during our regular scheduled terms (usually in Michigan). The funding model is similar to study away in support of instruction, but there is typically no program fee as it is a course. LBC has intentionally refrained from off-campus courses as it strays from our primary mission as a residential college. Faculty interested in pursuing off-campus instruction should consult their disciplinary group along with the Dean (finance & load) and Assistant Dean (enrollment management) to investigate the feasibility.

Recent examples:

    • CEM 251 - Organic Chemistry offered in Grand Rapids, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, and Troy summer 2013
    • PHL 344 - Ethical Issues in Health Care offered in West Bloomfield summer 2013

Combined Courses

Combined courses are predominantly off-campus courses with some components (<50%) offered on-campus. The funding model is unique and is built off of a number of factors including the actual tuition rate of the student and the percent of time in each location. LBC has intentionally refrained from combined courses as it strays from our primary mission as a residential college. Faculty interested in pursuing such options should consult their disciplinary group along with the Dean (finance & load) and Assistant Dean (enrollment management) to investigate the feasibility.

Recent examples:

    • Difficult to find as most have moved to fully on-line or off-campus status.

On-line Courses

LBC on-line courses are currently only offered in the summer semester. The funding model is unique to each course, depending on the size of enrollment, composition of the class, cost of course materials, and the nature of instruction. LBC currently has two distinct courses: Medical Terminology - an elective to prepare students for advanced study in allied health; and Prepatory Physics - a preparatory class to build skills for success in Physics I and II.

Recent examples:

    • LB 270 - Medical Terminology (Summer)
    • LB 105C - Prepatory - Physics (Summer)