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  1. Developing Competency-Based Emergency Management Degree Programs Jane Kushma, Ph.D. Associate Professor Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL

  2. Outline • Evolution of emergency management curriculum development • The case for attention to competencies • Challenges and opportunities • Possible frameworks • Implementation approaches • Resources

  3. Evolution • The early days • Post 9/11 boom • Current trends • Curriculum of the future

  4. The case for competencies • Rationale • The competency literature • Important distinctions… knowledge areas/ skills/professional behaviors; layers/levels; proficiency metrics

  5. What are the challenges? • Diversity of the “communities” • Lack of consensus re required curriculum • Measurement issues • Motivation and incentives • Others?

  6. Possible frameworks • CEM… the concept and the credential • EM Principles • IAEM S&P Competency Framework for Emergency Managers (TBD) • Other influences and frameworks…?

  7. Implementation strategies • Competency domain development initiative • Assessment development initiatives, e.g., GWU’s VHA work • Share instructional/assessment best practices (e.g., experiential learning, simulations, virtual reality applications) • Others?

  8. EM Resources • CEM http://www.iaem.com/certification/generalinfo/cem.htm • IAEM EM Principles http://www.iaem.com/EMPrinciples/index.htm • FEMA ISP, Professional Development Series http://training.fema.gov/IS/searchIS.asp?keywords=PDS

  9. CBE Resources • Internet Resources for Higher Ed Outcome Assessment http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/UPA/assmt/resource.htm • Association of American Colleges and Universities, Assessment Resources http://www.aacu.org/resources/assessment/index.cfm