New look, updated mission for continuing
education at Moravian
To the sound of e-mail
trumpets and the flash of billboards, the Comenius Center for Continuing, Professional,
and Graduate Studies made its official debut at the end of last semester.
named entity takes over from and adds to the functions of what used to be called
the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies. And the image of Comenius is not
just because there’s a nice
statue of him in front of the building in which the center is housed.
“The center wants to reorganize
the way we learn,” says Florence Kimball, who succeeded Linda
Heindel as dean of CGS in 2003.
Florence and a new senior staff led by William Kleintop, associate
dean of business and management programs, and assistant dean Donna Smith have restructured the former
division into comprehensive areas that offer multiple entry points to potential students, depending
on their level of experience and their educational and professional needs.
The idea is that non-traditional
students learn at a different pace and have more specific reasons to attend college
than traditional 18- to 22-year-old undergraduates. The center allows them to build
their strengths within a discipline in a way that contributes to their professional as well as
their intellectual growth. For instance, a working adult may improve job skills by
electing a certificate program in management, then apply some of the certificate
credits toward a B.S. in business that’s “substantially different from
the day program,” Florence says. After this, students can elect advanced professional
certification, which not only expands skills but tests their ability to handle graduate-level
work. Certificate coursework also can be applied toward the Moravian M.B.A.
of these paths existed through CGS, but the center has organized and expanded its
programs to operate with more academic rigor in the accumulation of professional
reorganized our offerings to build bridges between programs and to emphasize the expertise that
we offer,” Florence explains.
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spoke to non-profit managers at Moravian last fall in a program organized by
the Comenius Center.
Learning doesn’t stop after the M.B.A., either, for
the center offers continuing professional education. In business, for example, there is a non-profit
management certificate as well as seminars and programs geared to the field. Last fall, the
center offered a panel on non-profit management, chaired by Santo Marabella, associate
professor of management, who studies the workings of non-profits. It brought to
campus Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who has sponsored legislation on non-profit
funding and reporting requirements.
“Programs like this are minimally expensive
for non-profits that might not be able to afford to hire an M.B.A. consultant
or staffer,” Florence says.
With the Department of Education, the Comenius
Center has organized a similar concentration of programs for teachers, including
post-baccalaureate certification and the M.Ed.
“Clearly we’re developing
high-caliber teachers and serving the community,” Florence
says. “And I hear from administrative districts how good and sought-after our [M.Ed.]
A current project is the development of a track within the M.Ed.
for curriculum supervision of specialized subjects (e.g., mathematics, business education).
The next areas to be developed are health-care management and a major
in religious studies, Florence says.
With the School of Nursing collaboration already
in place between Moravian and St. Luke’s
Hospital and Health Network, health-care management is a natural for the Comenius
In addition to offering the B.S. to working nurses whose credentials
come from a two-year hospital program, the Comenius Center is developing a track
in health-care management through the M.B.A. program. “Our first course in
[what we’re calling] the St. Luke’s Leadership
Academy is being offered to nurse-managers at the hospital,” Florence says.
religious studies major is a collaboration with Moravian Theological Seminary
that can lead to advanced standing within the Seminary for those who wish to complete
All these are designed to fill multiple roles: to offer continuing
education that truly continues from the start of a career to its most advanced
phases; and to offer enty points that correspond to the students’ career needs.