The Intercultural Open University was established in 1981 based on a Foundational Model of Education. The Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) is registered as a 501(c)4 charitable non-profit educational foundation in the United States, and as a non-profit charitable foundation in the Netherlands. Go here for additional information about IOUF. Dr. Sandra Hurlong serves as IOUF’s president. This link on IOUF’s website gives you to an introduction to IOUF from Dr. Hurlong.
The Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership (CICRCL), is a Colorado nonprofit educational and 501(c)3 charitable tax-exempt organization. CICRCL Co-directors Barry and Janae Weinhold affiliated their organization with the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) through a Partnership Agreement signed on June 25, 2016. Their Partnership Agreement provides an integrated structure between their two organization that is designed to assist adults seeking doctoral degrees.
As part of their Partnership Agreement, CICRCL’s Co-director Dr. Janae Weinhold was appointed as Dean and Core Faculty and Co-director Dr. Barry Weinhold as Core Faculty in the IOU Foundation organizational structure. Former professors at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the Drs. Weinhold are veterans in the field of education and self-directed learning. Through CICRCL, they offer self-directed learning courses and mentoring services for doctoral learners participating in IOUF’s doctoral program.
CICRCL, a member of the International Mentoring Association, which advances individual and organization development by promoting the use of mentoring best practices in organizational settings. Its diverse and dynamic worldwide organization unites a broad cross-section of hundreds of persons who are interested in the theory and practice of effective mentoring. The Drs. Weinhold are passionate about their role as mentors for IOUF-CICRCL’s doctoral students, particularly in “CREATIVE LEADERSHIP” aspect of CICRCL’s mission..
IOUF offers dual doctoral degrees through their internationally accredited partnerships with the Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua. Learners may earn Doctoral Degrees in Social Change in Environmental Studies, Social Science, Psychology, Management, and Education. Included in these areas are the subfields of Environmental Science, Health Science, Alternative Medicine, Comparative Religion, and various sub-fields of Psychology. IOUF’s Dual Degree program also offers a PhD by publication. A doctorate can also be awarded to a scholar who has a book published in his or her field on the basis of the publication. Books not published in English must be translated.
The IOU Foundation is led by five administrative staff members and a diverse faculty that serve as mentors to adult graduate Learners seeking advanced degrees. IOU Foundation is staffed completely with volunteers with a sliding scale of modest tuition to cover operational costs and maintains offices in Spain and the United States.
Intercultural Open University Foundation is not a conventional educational institution. In collaboration with an IOUF Core Faculty mentor, each Learner creates an individualized, self-directed curriculum designed to gain competency in areas relevant to his or her chosen specializations. IOUF-CICRCL Core Faculty members mentor Learners in identifying a specialized area of study, and creating a self-directed plan for how he or she will implement this specialized study.
The IOUF-CICRCL partnership provides Doctoral Learners with a self-directed academic environment based on constructivistic learning principles, grounded in interdisciplinary intellectual discovery, and guided by rational discourse. Within this learning community, IOUF-CICRCL’s collaborative agreement is based on mutual values of respect for one another, cooperation, personal development, creative imagination, pride in a job well done, and intellectual and spiritual growth.
IOUF-CICRCL’s organizational partnership encourages a “scholar-practioner” model of learning that is based on best practices in the education field and supported by scholarly literature. Learners inquire about and reflect upon their own work and its social relevance. Their mentoring from Core Faculty supports them in investigating important practical problems, in disseminating their research results to varied audiences, and in working with practitioners to implement and test research findings in their fields. The IOUF-CICRCL organizational partnership also contains clearly defined Learner and institutional quality assessment and assurance methods. Learners perform important and socially relevant work as they undertake their studies and develop their professions.