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DAU Midwest Region signs learning organization agreements: DAU and Webster University form strategic partnership approved DAU courses to count towards master's degree.

The Defense Acquisition University and Webster University have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic partnership. This is an especially significant partnership because it will allow AT & L workers with Level II professional certification in contract management to apply their DAU courses toward three master's degree programs. Webster is the first graduate school to offer a cooperative degree of this magnitude.

The purpose of the partnership is to increase the quantity and quality of educational opportunities for members of the Department of Defense acquisition, technology, and logistics workforce, individuals from other government agencies, and contractors.

At a signing ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., on April 19, 2006, Dr. James S. McMichael, vice president, and Travis Stewart, dean, DAU Midwest region, signed on behalf of DAU. Signing for Webster was Randy D. Wright, associate vice president and director of military programs. Dr. Neil J. George, Webster's executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, had signed earlier at Webster's home campus in St. Louis, Mo.

Also present were Barbara Downs, Webster University, and Wayne Glass, DAU professor and program director for strategic partnerships, who, together with Stewart, worked for several months to bring to fruition the partnership and the educational opportunities it affords.

Webster University will provide online and residential education opportunities at military sites and metropolitan extended campuses throughout the United States that meet professional training and education requirements in accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) for certain DoD AT & L career fields. In addition, Webster will offer military discounted tuition rates for qualified DoD workers taking classes at Webster University's military campuses.

AT & L workers who meet Webster's admission criteria will be able to take online graduate classes that meet the academic requirements for the master's degrees in business administration; business and organizational security management; procurement and acquisitions; management and leadership; media communications; and human resources management. Qualified AT & L workers will also be able to take online classes that meet the academic requirements for the following graduate certificate programs: Decision Support Systems, Government Contracting, and Global Commerce; and the undergraduate certificate program in Web Services.

Webster University is a private, nonprofit, accredited university with a home campus in suburban St. Louis, and an international network of over 100 campuses across the United States, Europe, China, and Thailand.
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Title Annotation:Spotlight on DAU Learning Resources
Publication:Defense AT & L
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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