Title

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science: The Evolution of a New Degree

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16-10-2002 12:00 AM

End Time

18-10-2002 12:00 AM

Abstract

The emergence of baccalaureate degree programs in occupational science is a relatively recent and rare phenomenon. To-date, three such programs have been established at St. Catherine's College, Ithaca College, and Saint Louis University. A fourth is under development at Eastern Kentucky University. The focus of this panel will be to describe how these four programs each evolved at their respective institutions, the challenges encountered along the way, and the "lessons learned" so far. The directors of these programs will comprise the membership of this panel and include: Shirley K. Behr (Saint Louis University); Julie Bass-Haugen, St. Catherine's; Cathy Gordon, Ithaca College, and Onda Bennett, Eastern Kentucky University.

Each of the forum members will provide a 15-minute presentation using a format that will allow for comparisons between the programs and provide a framework to guide later participation and discussion with the audience. This will include highlights of the events that led to the establishment of the program; an overview of the curriculum, the faculty, and the students; the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the program; the lessons learned along the way; and the challenges ahead. The remaining 30 minutes will be devoted to a dialogue between the forum members and the aud ience to address specific questions about the programs and to discuss the relevance and future of this degree for our profession.

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Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science: The Evolution of a New Degree

The emergence of baccalaureate degree programs in occupational science is a relatively recent and rare phenomenon. To-date, three such programs have been established at St. Catherine's College, Ithaca College, and Saint Louis University. A fourth is under development at Eastern Kentucky University. The focus of this panel will be to describe how these four programs each evolved at their respective institutions, the challenges encountered along the way, and the "lessons learned" so far. The directors of these programs will comprise the membership of this panel and include: Shirley K. Behr (Saint Louis University); Julie Bass-Haugen, St. Catherine's; Cathy Gordon, Ithaca College, and Onda Bennett, Eastern Kentucky University.

Each of the forum members will provide a 15-minute presentation using a format that will allow for comparisons between the programs and provide a framework to guide later participation and discussion with the audience. This will include highlights of the events that led to the establishment of the program; an overview of the curriculum, the faculty, and the students; the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the program; the lessons learned along the way; and the challenges ahead. The remaining 30 minutes will be devoted to a dialogue between the forum members and the aud ience to address specific questions about the programs and to discuss the relevance and future of this degree for our profession.