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WACE- World Association for Cooperative Education

By Donald McEachron, Coordinator for Academic Assessment and Quality Improvement at the School of Biomedical Engineering

WACE is an international organization dedicated to enhancing education through fully integrating cooperative and work-integrated experiences into the curricula of institutions of higher education. The organization’s vision is to be the premier international organization linking the world’s leading higher education institutions, employers and public authorities, all of whom share a profound commitment to preparing new generations for a lifetime of professional success in today’s global & diverse workforce.  The vision of WACE will be achieved through research, programs & services designed to globally advance all forms of learning where education is integrated with professional work experience. (Source: http://www.waceinc.org/mission.html).

Given the orginzation’s vision and mission it only seems natural for Drexel University to be a leading player throughout the WACE membership. In fact, WACE, which has a 75 Member Board, boasts two Drexel representatives on its governing body - President John Fry and Peter Franks, Vice Provost for Career Education, Steinbright Career Development Center.

WACE offers a $4.7 M Co-op Scholarship Program which has awarded $39M to 1,635 students since 2003.  Drexel has been in this program since its inception and provides thirty, $6,000 merit scholarships renewable for up to $30,000. WACE also maintains a Co-op Hall of Fame to which Drexel nominates and inducts 5 members each year (outstanding Drexel alumni nominated by President Fry).

On an annual basis, WACE holds conferences, colloquia, symposia and institutes that support its mission and the field of Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE). WACE will be convening its 19th World Conference in Kyoto, Japan August 18021, 2015 hosted by Kyoto Sangyo University. In addition to the World Conference, WACE will be holding its first ever Chief Academic Officer Colloquium in New York City on March 5, 2015 and an Experiential Education Planning Institute at Cape Ann Massachusetts in June, 2015

Beginning in 2012, Dr. Donald L. McEachron, Coordinator for Academic Assessment and Quality Improvement at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel joined the international faculty of the WACE Assessment Institute. The Institute conducts workshops on curriculum design, assessment methods and analysis and evaluation. The first of these Institutes was held in Miami, FL in 2012, the second in Ottawa, Canada in 2013 and the third in Denver, CO in 2014. In Fall, 2015, the 4th Assessment Institute will be held in Philadelphia at Drexel University, preceded by Drexel’s Second Annual Conference on Learning and Assessment to be held September 9,10, and 11 this year.

 In May, 2015, Dr. McEachron will participate as faculty in the European WIL Institute: Assessing & Assuring Quality in Work-Integrated Learning. The Institute will be a 2.5 day interactive discussion-based program involving leaders from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States and Canada. Assessment and quality assurance issues will be examined from the perspectives of research, faculty involvement and institutional planning and integration.

WACE’s Secretariat Office is located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with an additional three international satellite offices (ISO) located in Trollhattan, Sweden, Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and a third office in Tokyo, Japan. WACE has a Global Partners Program with 53 institutions and employers from 19 countries and is affiliated with over 1000 institutions and employers from 54 countries.