Educational Institutions

Future Generations Graduate School

  • Franklin, WV
  • www.future.edu

Mission Statement

Future.Edu teaches and enables a process for achieving equitable change that empowers communities to shape their futures.

Main Programs

  1. Master's Degree in Applied Community Change
Service Areas

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International

Future Generations Graduate School has partnered with communities and governments all over the world to mobilize self-reliant social change. This process of empowerment continues to generate innovations that spread through a global alumni network.

ruling year

2007

CEO

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Mr. Daniel Taylor

International Academic Director

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Mr. Ruben Puentes

Keywords

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Community Development, Education, Master's Degree, Empowerment, Sustainability, Conservation, Peace keeping, Research

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Future Generations Graduate School, a 501(c)3 non-profit institution of higher education, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org, ph: 800-621-7440).

Founded in 2003, the Future Generations Graduate School offers a two-year Master's Degree in Applied Community Change with concentrations in conservation and peacebuilding. As the educational arm of Future Generations (www.future.org), the Graduate School also supports multi-year research initiatives in community-based approaches to conservation, child health, and peacebuilding.

Dedicated to training students from diverse backgrounds, the Graduate School has trained community leaders from 38 countries and graduated five classes of students.

This Master’s Degree builds the skills and capacity of mid-career community leaders. Instead of relocating to a campus, students remain in their own countries and continue serving their communities throughout the two-year program.

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Also Known As

Future.Edu: A University Of the World

EIN

20-4093450

 Number

6093784454

Physical Address

390 Road Less Traveled

Franklin, WV 26807

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In a complex interdependent world, societal and environmental answers can appear to be all different - but our graduate program achieves diversity by gathering commonality around a shared process of learning. Our curriculum introduces students to practical approaches and tools for leadership and community engagement. Learning at Future Generations Graduate school is achieved though a community-based pedagogy that brings together three instructional nodes (face-to-face learning at outstanding global field sites, interactive online instruction and applied practice allows students to learn from faculty, from each other, from professionals and most importantly from their communities).


Programs

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

Program 1

Master's Degree in Applied Community Change

The Graduate School offers a two year Master's degree in Applied Community Change with concentrations in Peacekeeping and Conservation.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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 Graduate School 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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Future Generations Graduate School Strategies include:

    ** Maintain and grow our global network of partnerships
    ** Build the skills of development practitioners that are already working in their
    communities.
    ** Apply strategies that scale up solutions in alignment with the United Nation's
    Millennium Development of Goals
    ** Create no fewer than 100 Nodes of Changes throughout the World
    ** Use evidence based decision making to reach our goals
    ** Support field-based research
    ** Promote local success that provide for rapid expansion
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Futre Generations Graduate School 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 Graduate School are practicing community based change in 38 countries around the world creating a global knowledge base.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The evidence that we are fulfilling our goals and making progress is based upon the work that our sister agencies, alumni and current students are accomplishing and the honors that they have received. Community based change is occurring - not due to outsiders coming in and dictating the methods to be used; but due to applying the principles of SEED-SCALE which utilizes local successes and human energy to achieve community based change.

    Although our true success is measured on the impact that we have had in the communities, our students and alumni have received several national and global awards. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conferred the Equator Prize 2014 on one of our alumni working within one of our sister agencies. This Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring outstanding work on an international stage. In addition, Future Generations Graduate students have earned 9 Kathryn W. Davis Peace Prize awards in the past 8 years. The project's goal is to "........bring a mind-set of preparing for peace instead of preparing for war."
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Future Generations Graduate School (founded in 2003) is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. We fulfill a special niche in higher education by offering an applied Master's degree for lifelong learners who are dedicated to their communities and seek new skills and knowledge to spread innovations.

    Our students, alumni and partners are working within governments and their own communities to alleviate poverty, expand home based health care, build on local successes, create partnerships and a global network of community based practitioners.
Service Areas

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International

Future Generations Graduate School has partnered with communities and governments all over the world to mobilize self-reliant social change. This process of empowerment continues to generate innovations that spread through a global alumni network.

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FUTURE GENERATIONS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF RESEARCH AND APPLIED STUDIES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Future Generations Graduate School

Leadership

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CEO

Mr. Daniel Taylor

International Academic Director

Mr. Ruben Puentes

BIO

Education:
Harvard University 1969-1972 Ed .D. Development Planning
Harvard University 1968-1969 Ed. M. Educational Planning
Yale University 1974&1978 Independent Study in Religion and Wildlife Biology
Johns Hopkins Univ 1964-1967 B.A. Russian Literature
Colby College Summers 63 & 64 Russian Literature & Language

Selected Awards & Honors
• Order of the Golden Ark, presented by HRH Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, for work in international conservation, May 2004.
• Honorary Professor, Institute of Botany, Laboratory of Quantitative Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, February 1993.
• Knighted Gorkha Dakshin Bau III by His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal for work in Nepalese conservation, May 1990.
• Commencement Speaker, U.S. Presidential Scholars, Washington DC, 1988.

Achievements in Education
• Founder, University of the World, 2010
• Founder, Future Generations Graduate School of Applied Social Change, 2002
• Led planning accredited Future Generations Masters Degree in Community Change, 2002
• Co-planner, West Virginia Education Summit, September 1989.
• Designed and administered West Virginia Scholars Academy 1983-1989.
• Designed and taught 187 nonformal education courses at the primary, secondary, college, and graduate levels, Woodlands Mountain Institute, 1972-1990.

Achievements in Community Development
• Designer, Green Long March (China's largest youth environmental movement) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
• Co-planner Village Welfare Worker project, Arunachal Pradesh, India 1998-2008.
• Co-planner of Pendeba Program for community-based services in Tibet, project selected by U.N. in 1998 as one of 50 leadingdevelopment projects worldwide
• Pendleton County WV Planning Commission, Member, 1990-92
• Pendleton County WV Economic Development Authority, Member, 1991-93

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ron Carrier

President Emeritus, James Madison University

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?