Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM)
Summary: Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins brings higher education to those at the margins of our societies — those who have limited access to, or are underserved by, higher education. It offers a fully accredited online 45 credit Diploma in Liberal Studies and a portfolio of Community Service Learning tracks (CSLT) delivered locally. --- Data provided by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), which implements refugee assistance programs in 51 countries with the help of over 1,400 volunteers, estimated that the average stay in a refugee community is 18 years. This estimate motivated university faculty to fill a growing need for tertiary education in refugee communities. Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) ...
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Description of Scale and Reach
Following feasibility studies between September 2009 and March 2010, JC:HEM was formally launched in April 2010. In September 2010 it recruited its first students to a portfolio of Community Service Learning Tracks (CSLTs) and the online Diploma. JC:HEM was simultaneously launched at three sites: Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, and the city of Aleppo in Syria. Annual recruitment is around 90 Diploma students and more than 100 CSLT students. Forced to relocate from Syria to Amman, Jordan in 2012, JC:HEM currently has student population of around 300 students. JC:HEM originally attracted 65 volunteer faculty from 28 Jesuit universities in the United States. It has since expanded this network to more than 130 academics from institutions around the world. International faculty primarily teach the 20 courses offered through the Diploma and assist in the development and delivery of CSLTs. JC:HEM will graduate its first cohort of students at Dzaleka and Kakuma in September 2013. Discussion are ongoing with local institutions of higher education to enable continued study through articulation agreements.
Syria, Malawi, Kenya, Jordan