Juniata Part of Unique College Partnership

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 07/03 2014 05:20PM

Updated 07/03 2014 05:44PM

JUNIATA COLLEGE, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - College students often take classes at other universities because of their own not offering it. But that’s changing for students at least 10 Pennsylvania schools liberal arts schools.
It's called the Pennsylvania Consortium of Liberal Arts. Ten universities and colleges across the state are a part of it, including Juniata College.
"College affordable remains one of the very top issues for us in higher education and this consortium really allows us the opportunity to garner the best out of all of us and to leverage that to support the students who are attending our institutions," said Jim Troha, President of Juniata College.
Other schools include Bryn Mawr, Dickinson and Franklin and Marshal.
Thanks to an $800,000, schools can team up to offer more for their students. One of the first programs offered will be language classes between Juniata, Gettysburg and Washington and Jefferson.
"One of the first steps is identify what the real student interest is and for what languages," said Michael Henderson, Chair of the World Language at Juniata College.
For example, Juniata has Chinese and Russian, where as the other schools have Italian and Arabic.
Henderson said this will help students expand on their opportunities, and cause faculty members to change how they're teaching.
"We obviously have to use current technologies and all of the things that are possible to develop blended courses and that of course requires faculty time to develop new types of teaching new lesson plans."
Some of the work that's being done now take effect in the 2015-16 school year.
Along with sharing classes, these colleges will be also be sharing library resources and working on faculty development

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