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Future Generations University

West Virginia’s smallest and most applied accredited institution of higher learning.

aka Future Generations or Future.Edu   |   Franklin, WV   |  https://www.future.edu

Mission

The Future Generations Global Family promotes research, learning, and action toward inclusive and sustainable community-based change worldwide.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Francis L. Day

Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Hartman

Main address

400 Road Less Traveled Rd

Franklin, WV 26807 USA

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Formerly known as

Future Generations Graduate School

EIN

45-2208063

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

Management & Technical Assistance (V02)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Master of Arts in Applied Community Development

The Master of Arts in Applied Community Development program offers a flexible 22-month degree that equips students to be more effective agents of social change. The curriculum is grounded in the theory and practice of achieving community change by mobilizing human energy. Students from all over the world learn best practices in Community Development to strengthen their professional, volunteer, and personal effectiveness as a leader of local change.

Knowing that graduate-level students are active adults with duties to family, community, work, society and state, the university’s curriculum is flexible. A global classroom is created with online platforms – so each student’s home is a desk in a global learning experience. This engages innovative teaching, supports peer-to-peer discourse, and mentors field research opportunities. Studies are applicable to the student's chosen career and applied directly within their respective community.

Population(s) Served

Future Generations University offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Community Development for those seeking skills in sustainable development and community resilience. This program can be taken by anyone interested in learning regardless of educational background, and offers a flexible course load that can be completed in one to two years. Courses can count as graduate credit or professional development.

Certificate students can use the Alternate Admissions Track to pursue their master's degree - without the requirement of a bachelor's degree. If students earn a B or better in their master’s-level certificate courses, they are automatically eligible to apply to the fully accredited master's program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics, Activists

Related Program

Master of Arts in Applied Community Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects our total number of graduates across the eight different Master's cohorts since the university's inaugural class of 2005.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics, Activists

Related Program

Master of Arts in Applied Community Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric shows the number of students who enrolled in each Master's cohort. (Note : certificate participants are measured separately).

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Future Generations aims to educate those that are interested in the process of how to improve lives based on the one commodity that every person has - human energy. Our process relies on evidence, partnerships and scaling up local successes.

For over a decade, Future Generations University has pioneered a new model of applied higher education that focuses on learning in the community and enables the world's most promising development practioners to advance social change with new skills and strategies. We aim to develop leadership, identify past success, learn from past experiences, gather knowledge about local situations, create workplaces and make them public, act per the plans, hold partners accountable and make mid-course corrections based on evidence and seek behavior change to ensure true community based change.

Future Generations University Strategies include:

** Maintain and grow our global network of partnerships
** Build the skills of development practitioners that are already working in their communities.
** Nurture 100 Nodes of sustainable change worldwide
** Use evidence-based decision making to reach our goals
** Support field-based research that partners with communities
** Promote local success that provide for rapid expansion

Future Generations University has a global network that includes seven sister organizations located in the USA, Afghanistan, Arunachal, Haiti, China, India, and Peru. These organizations have the technical experience to produce global social change in the areas of education, home based health care, peacekeeping and community based conservation. Students educated at Future Generations University are practicing community based change in 38 countries around the world creating a global knowledge base.

Future Generations University has already achieved a pedagogically effective program that has graduated over 140 students. The student body for each class remained small due to a highly selective admissions process and limited funds to subsidize a traditionally-priced degree for students of great financial need. The next task is to expand the university to reach 250 – 300 students each year.

The university has always provided the opportunity for students to remain in their home communities throughout their course of study and apply their coursework to the local community context. The next step is to build upon this foundation for place-based learning through adoption of an entirely student-driven, competency-based degree. In the coming years, the institution will advance further toward this model by introducing new technological platforms for student-directed learning. We will continue improving our onlinee learning platform by building in new tools for students to select desired competencies they wish to pursue and design independent certificate projects that will demonstrate these. Additionally, the team will work to improve this platform's capability to deliver learning through mobile phones—thus making learning opportunities more available and accessible to marginalized communities.

Future Generations already offers a Master of Arts degree in Applied Community Development, and has offered a number of community development-related certificate courses over the years. What Dr. Taylor hopes to accomplish is a major expansion of the current academic programs to open the doors for more students to enter the Future Generations universe of learning. This will involve building out a learning ladder to provide additional entry and exit points for students seeking various credentials. Under the University of the World model, Future Generations University will continue to offer its accredited Master's degree, but opportunities will be developed to also offer an Associate's degree (the university already has preliminary permission to pilot this) in the short-term, and perhaps other degrees in the long-term. Non-degree-seeking students will also have the opportunity for learning through individual certificates that demonstrate competence in a particular technical or topical area. A further development will offer non-credit-bearing diplomas, earned by completing a series of certificates in a related field or context. These additional opportunities will help Future Generations University reach its goal of dramatically increased student enrollment, while meeting the diverse needs of an international body of development practitioners.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Future Generations University

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deepak Gopalakrishna

Vice President, Transportation - ICF

Term: 2019 - 2023

Harry Teague

Harry Teague Architects (Principal)

William Grant

DAI

Chido Madiwa

Benjamin Lozare

Rupin Dang

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

No data

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/08/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.