Help Save Masters degree Permaculture Curriculum at SRU

April Sampson-Kelly askpv at ozemail.com.au
Tue Nov 18 22:46:12 EST 1997


SOME OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE PERMACUTLURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE
DO SO AS PART OF A MAJOR PROJECT OR GET CREDIT FOR THEIR TIME
IN OUR COURSE TOWARD THEIR OWN DEGREE OR POST GRADUATE DEGREE.
THE FEES ARE LOWER THAN UNIVERSITY FEES FOR A COMPARABLE SUBJECT
AND WE PROVIDE A PERSONAL TUTOR WITH THE ESSENTIAL PERMACULTURE EXPERIENCE,
MAYBE YOU COULD LOOK AT DOING OUTSIDE COURSES FOR CREDIT WITHIN UNTIL
SUCH TIME AS THE OLD ACADEMICS ADJUST THEIR THINKING, OR NEW BLOOD SEEPS
INTO
THE ESTABLISHMENT.
what more can I add other than it is a fulfilling career and more than a
workplace - it is a lifestyle.

I prefer working outside the university systems as I like the flexibility of
an evolving and responsible
teaching project, not one that becomes grind upon grind, year after year.
this project can grow really big or really focused, it has the power to
because it is not answerable
to a board and administrator.  It is not retricted by funding bodies or
political ends.

April

April Sampson-Kelly ADPA,BCA,MCA,GradSci,PDC
LC permaculture Visions
askpv at ozemail.com.au
http://www.ozemail.com.au/~askpv
GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND

-----Original Message-----
From: Damon R. Lesjack <lesjack.1 at osu.edu>
To: permaculture at listserv.oit.unc.edu <permaculture at listserv.oit.unc.edu>
Date: Wednesday, 19 November 1997 3:02
Subject: Help Save Masters degree Permaculture Curriculum at SRU


>Permaculture can only benefit from universitites conducting their
>traditional research on permaculture issues to prove to themselves that it
>works.  We can learn from these findings also.  If permaculture is to grow
>into a more generally accepted practice, we need to encourage it in all of
>its forms.  Graduate level study can turn out some well read
>permaculturalists, eager to practice.
>
>>Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 09:08:03 -0500
>>From: "ANDERSON, CLAIRE" <cma3637 at sru.edu>
>>Subject: Help Save Masters degree Permaculture Curriculum at SRU
>>X-Sender: cma3637 at rockmail.sru.edu
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>>I wanted to widely broadcast this letter in order to obtain a broad base
of
>>support from outside of this university, to prove to this university that
>>permaculture is indeed a vital part of the Masters degree program in
>>Sustainable Systems, here at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock,
>>Pennsylvania, and should not be eliminated.  As far as I know, SRU is the
>>only university IN NORTH AMERICA that offers graduate courses in
>>permaculture;  it's the primary reason I came here.  Due to the difficulty
>>in trying to find a person qualified to teach permaculture at the
university
>>level and the fact that current faculty seem reluctant, at best, to pursue
>>their own permaculture certification (although the University has
stipulated
>>that this is a requirement of their contracts), the permaculture
curriculum
>>is in danger of being eliminated, excepting one core course (which would
>>only amount to 48 hours of total instruction in permaculture).  The
students
>>here are trying to protect this curriculum, as we believe that it provides
>>the vital foundation for all of the other curricula (such as resource
>>management, ecoarchitecture, and agroecology), but are having difficulty
>>convincing faculty as to the importance of maintaining the permaculture
>>curriculum.  I believe that this curriculum, with its focus on
permaculture,
>>sustainability, and holistic ideology, has the potential to serve as a
model
>>program for other universities.  I'm not sure, however, that faculty and
>>administration understand this.  What I'm asking of you all, is to
validate
>>the importance of permaculture being taught in American universities.  You
>>can do this by providing me with some basic information:  1)  Your name;
>>2)Any college degrees you have earned (and where you earned them)and your
>>professional career involvements; and 3) the importance of permaculture to
>>you (how you've used permaculture professionally, etc.).  The more
>>scientific and less esoteric you are in your reasoning, the better chance
we
>>will have at putting together a solid argument for retaining the
>>permaculture curriculum.  If any of you also have information on other
>>universities that teach permaculture here in the US, please let me know.
I
>>would also be interested to learn if there are similar programs to the
>>Master of Science degree in Sustainable Systems (MS3) at any U.S.
>>universities.  For a comparison, the MS3 program description can be found
on
>>the net at:  http://www.sru.edu/depts/graduate/ss.html.
>>Lastly, if there are any individuals who are certified permaculture
>>instructors in the western PA area, who also have an advanced degree
>>(masters or Ph.D.), please contact me.
>>I want to thank you all for your support,
>>in peace,
>>claire anderson
>>
>>524 Stewart Avenue, Grove City, PA  16127-1334
>>Phone (412) 458-5116 HOME
>>(412) 738-2050 WORK
>>
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