The Graduate Center of Marlboro College is branch campus of Marlboro College, a small, private, liberal arts college. Marlboro College and The Graduate Center programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
While its parent campus provides liberal arts programs to no more than 300 residential undergraduates at any given time, the mission of The Graduate Center is to prepare leaders for a world online by offering post-baccalaureate certificates and masters' degree programs to educators, business professionals, and software developers in both hybrid (some onsite, some online) and wholly distance-based formats.
The Graduate Center of Marlboro College was founded in 1998 with working professionals in mind. All programs are completed in one academic year, on either the trimester or quarter system. The masters' degree programs require 21 onsite meetings over the course of three trimesters (7 visits per 15-week trimester) and the certificate programs take place entirely online over the course of four 2.5-month quarters.
Marlboro College offers the following programs in one of these formats:
Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management (hybrid format);
Master of Science in Systems Integration Management (hybrid format);
Master of Science in Internet Engineering (hybrid format);
Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Technologies (hybrid format);
Graduate Certificate in Internet Teaching (online);
Graduate Certificate in Project Management (online).
Marlboro College has been granted the following waivers as part of the Distance Education Demonstration Project:
Section 481(a) and (b) of the HEA and 34 CFR 668.2 and 668.8 regarding minimum number of weeks of instruction for an eligible program;
34 CFR 668.8(b)(2) defining a "week of instruction."
Financial Aid Issues/Alternatives
The Graduate Center of Marlboro College is offering graduate level programs only, and anticipates that extending Stafford Loans to those students who wish to study wholly online will increase the availability of internet-focused professional development to those who must borrow in order to complete their studies.
Additional Goals for Participation
The primary goal of this project is to develop a non-standard measurement of quality participation in online learning. The focus will be on exploring ways to measure student participation qualitatively instead of in qualitative classroom hours. Marlboro College has already conducted the baseline data survey of their distance education courses, and look forward to improving their pilot efforts through this project.
Consortial agreements, partnerships, or other relationships
The Graduate Center of Marlboro College is not currently involved in any consortial agreements, but remains open to that possibility, should it arise as a result of participating in this program.
The Graduate Center of Marlboro College has partnered with other NEASC-accredited institutions to assist in placing courses online. Previous partners include the Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Professions and Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
Demonstration Program Cohort
The Graduate Center of Marlboro College joined the Distance Education Demonstration Program in July 2001 as part of the second cohort.