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K-State Today

July 20, 2017

Maes speaks at military education conference

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

Sue Maes, dean of Kansas State University Global Campus, joined Mike Clowser, chief accreditation officer of Army University, to present "Development of the University Alliance and 2+2 Framework" at The Army University and Lumina Foundation's annual meeting on June 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The conference focused around the theme of "A Competency-Based Approach to Talent: Connecting Military, Higher Education and Workplace Learning."

K-State has designed a model pathway for active-duty military or veterans to apply skills gained in their training to an academic degree. In partnership with Kansas community colleges, credit for prior skills gained would be accepted in place of several credit classes. Models have been designed in the culinary arts and criminal justice degrees as a first step toward matching other military professional training with degrees.

During her 10-year tenure as dean of Global Campus, Maes has led the effort to develop consortia among similar institutions in the Midwest, as well as encourage the development of 2+2 articulation agreements with community colleges in Kansas and regionally. Students participating in K-State's 2+2 programs finish two years of their degree plan at their local community college before completing their bachelor's degree through K-State.

Global Campus currently has 105 total 2+2 degree pairings offered through partnerships with 25 schools in Kansas and seven schools outside of the state.